Allens is a leading law firm with partners, lawyers and corporate services staff across Australia and Asia. Through our alliance with Linklaters, we are part of a global network spanning 40 offices and 29 countries.

We have a strong commitment to building a culture of genuine diversity and supporting the success of women in our firm, and are delighted to be a Silver Sponsor of Chief Executive Women. We look forward to sharing insights, learning from others and being part of a collaborative network supporting the advancement of women in leadership.

Women currently make up 40 per cent of our Executive Committee – responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the firm – and 65 perc cent of our entire workforce. We are proud of these statistics, which have been the result of more than a decade of dedicated attention to gender equality aimed at increasing the representation of women in leadership roles at the firm. This growth has been built on policies and initiatives that have a strong emphasis on professional development, networking and sponsorship of women in our firm.

Our Women at Allens Committee provides an opportunity for men and women in the firm to make a positive contribution – including by sharing their stories of non-traditional career progression paths and flexible work practices.

The firm’s career model, launched in 2014, was designed with the requirements of gender equality in mind. The career model saw Allens move its career progression criteria away from seniority to one based on performance – thus removing a major structural barrier to the progression of women and men who may have previously been disadvantaged by taking time out of their career for commitments such as caring responsibilities.

Allens’ gender equality strategy includes an Inclusion and Diversity Council to oversee strategy and progress, and annual reporting of the firm’s gender equality progress to the firm’s Board and Executive Leadership team. In addition, the firm’s gender report framework is based on the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, which provides a set of principles for business on how to empower women in the workplace.

While we are proud of the solid foundation we have set and our achievements to support women in the workplace, we are focused on looking ahead to where we need to go – and on continuing to build on our plans and initiatives to promote and support our talented women and future leaders.