International law firm Allens has today appointed a dozen new partners, in a move that brings the percentage of female partners at the firm to over 37 per cent, exceeding the firm’s gender target set in 2017.
Twelve new partners have been appointed to the Allens ranks, effective 1 July this year. The appointments are across key areas of importance to the firm and its clients, including private capital, ESG, energy transition, infrastructure and technology and data.
Importantly, the promotions will also bring the percentage of Allens female partners to just over 37 per cent, exceeding the firm’s gender target – set in 2017 – of at least 35 per cent female partner representation in 2022.
As such, the firm has set a new target of at least 40 per cent female partner representation in 2025, under its 40:40:20 aim: 40 per cent women, 40 per cent men and 20 per cent any gender (women, men or non-binary persons).
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio said the “diverse” appointments bring a wealth of experience to the firm’s partnership.
“We are pleased to welcome 12 outstanding individuals to the partnership. They are a diverse group of exceptional lawyers who are key advisers to clients and mentors to our people,” he said.
The new partners are Elyse Adams, Hannah Biggins, Miranda Cummings, Stephanie Malon, Rebecca Pleming, David Rountree, Monisha Sequeira, Simon Sherwood, Ngoc Anh Tran, Yu Zhang and Lisa Zhou.
Allens chair Fiona Crosbie said the firm would continue to work towards its new gender target moving forward.
“We are delighted that we will exceed our gender target of at least 35 per cent female partners during 2022, our 200th year. The firm has taken deliberate steps over many years across structure, culture and policy to achieve this result,” she said.
“As a firm, we strive to foster a culture where gender equality is the norm. It enriches our experiences as individuals, enhances our performance and delivers better outcomes for our clients and communities.”