International law firm Linklaters has launched its own Global Women in Tech working group to drive change at the firm and reduce gender imbalance among its legal tech roles. It has also become the first Magic Circle law firm to join the UK Government’s Tech Talent Charter.
The firm said that: ‘The Women in Tech working group aims to identify priorities and empower people to tackle the issue of gender imbalance. This involves auditing functions such as recruitment processes and ensuring language in tech job descriptions is attractive to both men and women.’
Not that Linklaters has been that bad when it comes to gender and tech roles. For example, Bruna Pellicci was appointed as the firm’s Chief Technology Officer last month; Shilpa Bhandarkar joined as Head of Innovation and Efficiency in July; and Jas Mundae is the Head of LegalTech and AR.
Meanwhile the national Charter it has signed up to is designed to ‘encourage companies to share best practice on achieving a gender and age-balanced approach to recruitment and actively collaborate with other organisations to create meaningful change’.
Linklaters has also committed to measure and benchmark the diversity within its tech workforce, which is an important step as it will now be objectively accountable.
Bruna Pellicci, Chief Technology Officer, said: ‘Technology in law is an exciting and important space to work, and greater diversity in this function will drive innovation and performance. It’s promising to see work on diversity across our technology teams already in motion at Linklaters, and that diversity and inclusion is so embedded in the strategy here.’