Addleshaw Goddard has been named as a leader on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016

The unranked alphabetical list is published in partnership with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week.

The inclusion in the list reflects Addleshaw Goddard's commitment to workplace equality. Having met its previous target, the firm has recently launched a new target for female partners of 30%, to achieve by 2019. Currently, 25% of the partnership are female, as are 2 of the 4 Divisional Managing Partners. In terms of lawyers, approximately 50% of them are female. Addleshaw Goddard's commitment is further outlined by its investment in an annual female development programme, truly flexible shared parental leave package which mirrors the enhanced pay offered to maternity leavers and its support of a wide range of agile working arrangements, from term-time working to home working to reduced hours, with around 70% of workers reporting working flexibly, regularly or from time to time. In the last year Addleshaw Goddard has also introduced an innovative new programme supporting women who have been out of the legal profession for an extended period and are looking to re-enter.

Monica Burch, senior partner at Addleshaw Goddard said: "We are very proud to be included in the Times Top 50 Employer's for Women 2016. We have always strived to place gender equality at the centre of what we do and continue to invest in our various programmes and initiatives that support our female employees and women in the wider legal sector. To have our efforts recognised is fantastic".

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director AT Business in the Community, said: “Huge congratulations to Addleshaw Goddard on being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 – the process was highly competitive so they should be extremely proud of their success. They have demonstrated a commitment to fundamentally changing workplace processes and cultures to make them inclusive to all, benefitting women and men at every level in their organisation, and I hope they inspire other employers to do the same.”

Emma Tucker, Deputy Editor of The Times, said: “The Times is pleased to celebrate Business in the Community's 25 years of campaigning for gender equality by publishing a special report to mark its 2016 list of the Top 50 Employers for Women. The supplement will highlight the advances these 50 organisations have made in increasing opportunities and creating working environments where women are free to reach their full potential and also explore those areas where more needs to be done.”

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign at Business in the Community. All organisations within the Top 50 have demonstrated that gender equality is a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to creating workplaces and cultures that are inclusive of women from entry level through to senior leadership.