Female development and retention is an area of particular interest for us, given the high number of women we employ.

Thanks to our selection of unique female development initiatives, created to support women across the firm and push gender diversity, our Diversity Programme has achieved the following:

We are a signatory to the government's 'Think, Act, Report' initiative, a voluntary programme to improve gender equality in the workplace and share best practice.

Balance for Better

This year's International Women's Day's theme is #BalanceforBetter, which aims to build a gender-balanced world. 2019 is also 100 years since women were able to become lawyers. At AG we recognise the benefits of better balance in our business, and are making great strides to increase the proportion of females at senior levels, while recognising there is still work to do. Listen to people across our business talk about these topics in the video below.



Development Programmes

We continue to invest in our established internal female development programmes, designed to encourage women to aspire for senior positions within our firm and develop the skills that will help them succeed.

We have been running our flagship programme, "How to Flourish", for the last seven years. During this time we have worked with just under 300 women, with a long-term goal of increasing gender diversity at senior levels, and continue to work with them through ongoing alumni activities, master classes and networking events. It is a unique initiative for our firm in that around one third of each cohort are in house lawyers working for our clients and contacts. Feedback is always exceptional:

"Thank you so much for arranging the course and to the course providers who were so entertaining as well as being utterly inspirational. I have flourished!"

Returning to the legal profession

The firm supports the work of the Women Lawyers' Division of The Law Society, and our 'returner' opportunities are aimed at solicitors who have been out of the profession for an extended period (due to a variety of circumstances) but are looking to make a return. The schemes are designed to help women re-experience life in a commercial law firm, give them an insight into the current legal market, develop their networks, review their career options, as well as equip them with the tools and skills they require to enable them to return.

We are now welcoming applications for the following schemes: 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 15 July 2019

Support for working parents and carers

We have significantly increased the level of support offered to working parents and carers, including the introduction of a maternity buddy scheme, lunches for new parents, webinars and seminars on subjects of interest to working parents and carers, and support with sourcing childcare. We also offer enhanced pay for employees wishing to take Shared Parental Leave which matches our generous maternity pay package.

We have worked hard over the last few years to embed a flexible and agile culture at the firm, which we know has helped to retain a number of women with caring responsibilities. For more information about our approach, please see our agile working page.

For more information, please don't hesitate to email us and get in touch.