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Following the Women in Energy session at International Petroleum Week, in this article, Nina Bowyer and Rachel Lidgate, partners at Herbert Smith Freehills, reflect on their experiences working in the energy sector and share their views on how greater gender equality can be achieved.

During the International Petroleum Week conference, the findings set out in "Untapped Reserves – promoting gender balance in oil and gas" - a unique and in-depth study which is the product of a collaboration between the World Petroleum Council and the Boston Consulting Group - were discussed and debated revealing some surprising and concerning results. When we initially discussed the subject, neither of us had formed the impression that as lawyers in the O&G sector, our progression to partnership had been hampered by any industry specific hurdles or indeed that our promotion as female lawyers in the energy sector was particularly novel.

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