Global firm Eversheds has won an award for diversity and a place in The Times list of Top 50 Employers for Women.

The firm won in the ‘inclusive culture’ category at the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards 2014, the workplace campaign from charity Business in the Community.

The Inclusive Culture Award recognises firms committed to the inclusion and progression of women in the workplace.

Eversheds was the only law firm to be commended at the ceremony. The firm was competing against Morgan Stanley and accountants Ernst & Young.

Ian Gray, senior management team member at Eversheds, said: ‘Gender diversity is a very important issue for the legal sector. Good gender balance is a key ingredient for a successful 21st-century law firm, and we aim to set the standards in this area.’ 

Kathryn Nawrockyi, director of Opportunity Now, said: ‘Eversheds is a great example of strong leadership; of how putting gender equality at the core of a business can create real, sustainable change for women, organisations and society as a whole.’

This is the third year that Eversheds has featured on The Times list. Five other law firms featured: international firm Norton Rose Fulbright, global firms Olswang and Addleshaw Goddard, magic circle firm Linklaters and international practice Simmons & Simmons.