A Times Top 50 employer for Women

23 Apr 2019

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has once again been named one of the Top 50 Employers for Women by The Times. This year marks the sixth time the firm has featured on this highly profiled and well-established listing.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women recognises companies who are working to improve inclusive leadership and transparency in the workplace. The evaluation includes the roles of senior leaders, actions to increase the representation of women in senior positions, supporting parents and carers and tackling bullying and harassment among others.

Over the past year, Simmons & Simmons has placed great emphasis on improving gender equality within the firm. These efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Promotion targets: We have a goal in our business plan that 40% of our internal promotions to partner will be female. This has increased from 30% to 40% reflecting the progress we have made.
  • Gender balance committees: Our partner, associate and business services gender balance committees ensure that we are always listening and identifying opportunities to further female progression.
  • Networks: The firm’s women’s network, The Number One Club, works to support the development and retention of talented female colleagues and provides a platform for staff to build new business relationships with clients and with women’s networks at client organisations.
  • Sponsorship: All female and male Managing Associates are assigned a senior equity partner sponsor to provide support on their route to partnership.
  • Flexible working: The firm encourages the take up of flexible working for everyone. We are increasingly seeing candidates join us with flexible working arrangements in place from day one.

Senior partner, Colin Passmore commented: “It is always an honour to be featured in The Times Top 50 listing. Not only is it great to be among such good company but it is also a strong recognition of the work we have been doing over the past year to improve gender equality across the firm.”

Gender Balance Partner, Mahrie Webb said: “This is a great achievement and really works to highlight how effective our gender balance initiatives have been. That said, we are always seeking to progress and improve and will continue to work with the wider network to do so.”

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