Gender balance

In January 2020, we announced our global ambition for beyond 2020 with an aspirational gender target of 40:40:20 (a minimum of 40% women; a minimum of 40% men; and 20% flexibility to be truly inclusive). This ratio will form the basis for a range of gender metrics, including overall partnership; management committees and leadership roles (including client relationship partners and business services leaders); partner promotions; external partner candidates; senior business services hires.

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Nurturing high performance

Our Career Strategies Program is a global modular development program aimed at creating a more gender balanced partnership. It was the first of its kind in the legal sector and when launched in 2010, the objective was to increase the number of female partners in Europe, Middle East and Asia from 16% to 21% over three years. We achieved this target and our continued focus on the recruitment, promotion and retention of female talent has increased female partner representation to 27% in EMEA as at December 2020.

Employee network

Our women’s networks in over 25 offices around the world aim to support the personal and professional career development of women at all levels within the firm.

Our women’s networks support our gender diversity strategy for women by providing a broad range of internal events focusing on career progression for women, as well as access to role models across the firm. They also arrange client events for networking and business development purposes providing a visible forum where issues affecting women in law and across our clients’ industries can be discussed freely.

Women in Norton Rose Fulbright (WiN)

Memberships and commitments


(Wo)men’s work, Alexandra Howe, London

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Our approach to diversity and inclusion in the UK

Diversity and inclusion