Bath-based Royds Withy King has been ranked second among the UK Top 100 law firms for its gender diversity, with 64 per cent of its lawyers being women.
Royds Withy King has 213 lawyers, of which 64 per cent are female, putting it in second place after Irwin Mitchell in The Lawyer’s ‘UK 200: Top 100’ report for 2019.
Speaking about the results, Graham Street, Managing Partner at Royds Withy King, said: “We are pleased to be recognised for our work in this area as part of our wider commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I).
“Earlier this month, we announced the appointment of Bharat Nahar as our first ED&I Board Partner.
“He will champion our ED&I commitment to ensure that equal opportunities and inclusivity are completely embedded within our culture and reflect the make-up of our communities.”
Amanda Dow, Director of HR at Royds Withy King, added: “We are continually looking at our gender balance to make sure that both men and women feel they have access to the same opportunities, whether that is in business support roles or in senior legal positions.
“We have recently re-launched our flexible working policy to ensure a fairer and more consistent approach while investing in a robust Learning and Development curriculum, Mentoring Partnerships and our staff-run Gender Equality Network.”
In addition, Royds Withy King has been ranked 9th in The Lawyer’s report for equity partnership gender diversity (with 33% female equity partners) and 26th for partnership gender diversity (with 34% female partners overall).
The firm has set itself a target of achieving 40% women equity partners by 2025.