International firm Norton Rose Fulbright is among the firms leading the way on gender diversity in its senior ranks, with women making up more than a third of promotions in the latest round of partner appointments. The firm has made up 45 partners worldwide, including 18 women (40%).
CMS, which is due to combine with Nabarro and Olswang today, has promoted 48 lawyers to partner across 26 offices globally, 13 (27%) of whom are female.
Silver circle firm Ashurst made 19 of its lawyers up to partner, including four women (21%). Ashurst has said it wants to ensure that by 2018 40% of all partner promotions are women.
The magic circle firms are lagging behind on gender diversity in this year’s round. At Clifford Chance
four of 24 new partners (17%) are women. A spokesperson for the firm said one of its ‘key long-term priorities’ is to improve the gender balance in the partnership - its aim is to have women make up at least 30% of partners.
Since 2012, the percentage of women in the global partnership has risen from 15% to 19% and the London partnership is now 21% female, Clifford Chance stressed.
This year’s promotions at Clifford Chance will take effect from 1 May. The new London-based partners are: James Bole, Owen Lysak, Timothy Cleary, David Robson, Matt Taylor and Jonathan Kewley.
Last week the Gazette reported that Allen & Overy’s new partner intake was over 90% male. Of 24 promotions, just two were women.
As the Gazette went to press, top 50 UK firm TLT disclosed that it had promoted eight to partner, of whom three are women (37.5%).