We recognise that in order to be an industry leader in diversity and inclusion we must also be recognised as the leading firm for the attraction, promotion and retention of women. In March 2014 we set a 30% gender target for the promotion of women in our global partnership by 2019 with an interim target of 25% by 2017.

These targets are an important step in helping to create equal opportunities for both men and women aspiring to become partners by widening the 'talent pool.' Gender targets are an important part of the firm's overall approach to achieving greater gender diversity. Targets on their own would achieve minimal impact without our supporting gender programmes to address and reduce unconscious bias in decision making processes, targeted leadership development for women including coaching, mentoring and sponsorship and strengthening professional networking through our women's networks and D&I committees.