International Women's Day 2023 - Boodle Hatfield

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Embracing equity at Boodle Hatfield on International Women's Day 2023

Boodle Hatfield is delighted to rejoice International Women’s Day – a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As a firm, we have long been a pioneer of gender equality and committed to maintaining a working environment in which all people can excel. Our inclusive and supportive culture is directed by Senior Partner, Sara Maccallum and in May 2023, will be succeeded by the firm’s second female Senior Partner, Andrea Zavos. Today, the firm is currently made up of 38 partners and 65 fee earners, of which 60% of those are female lawyers and 53% of our equity partners are women. Across the business, we are proud to have a significant number of inspiring female mentors and role models.

Last year saw the firm celebrate its 300th anniversary – a significant milestone that gave us an opportunity to reflect on how we could continue to shape our services to benefit future generations, clients, and communities across the world. The law and world around us has seen momentous advancements during the firms existence, but it is vital that we continue to guide and develop the next generation, all of whom will drive legacies and change forward.

This year, the global day of celebration reinforces the need to #EmbraceEquity, with an aim to get the world talking about how equal opportunities aren’t enough. It highlights that people start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

To mark the occasion this year, we spoke to a handful of staff and Partners from across the business to reflect on their experiences in the industry and how, together, we can forge an equal and inclusive world. Follow the links below, to hear what they had to say…

Rebecca Foden, Litigation Senior Associate Rebecca reinforces that we must continue to ensure that each person's talent and goals are supported, in recognition of, rather than in spite of their personal circumstances. Read more Kim Turner, Legal PA Kim highlights the importance of being part of a working environment in which all people can excel. Read more Katie Male, Family Associate Katie reinforces that equity recognises that there are significant barriers that some individuals face, and does more than just open up opportunities; it encourages barriers to be proactively broken down. Read more Alex Martinelli, Employment Associate Alex reflects on his role in the firm's ESG committee and the holistic approach to diversity and inclusion. Read more Sara Maccallum, Senior Partner Sara reinforces that the only way we can forge an equitable and inclusive world is if we charge leaders to guide the next generation to achieve their full potential. Read more Sophie Harcourt, Trainee Lawyer Sophie details how aspirations in law are attainable. Read more Kelly Davison, Marketing Manager Kelly outlines the difference between equity and equality. Read more Zoe Jacob, Immigration Partner Zoe discusses how, globally, expectations regarding childcare still vary according to gender. Read more Andrea Zavos, Senior Partner elect Andrea highlights how, across the profession, we must all strive to do better and seek diversity, equity and inclusivity. Read more Lauren Henderson, HR Advisor Lauren discusses the importance of ensuring everyone is allocated the right resources and opportunities. Read more View more