New Zealand law firm wins Asia Pacific diversity awards
MinterEllisonRuddWatts commitment to greater gender diversity in the legal profession was celebrated at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards, held in Hong Kong last night.
The top tier firm was named:
- New Zealand’s best national firm for women in business and law
- Best national firm mentoring programme in the Asia Pacific region
The awards celebrate the advancement of women in the legal industry in the Asia-Pacific region, with firms from New Zealand, Australia and greater Asia competing to take top honours.
The Women in Business Law Awards recognise the best initiatives for gender diversity, innovation, mentoring, work-life balance, pro bono work and talent management.
Chair of the firm and Champion for Change, Lloyd Kavanagh says: "We’re proud of these international accolades for our work to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
"Diversity creates a competitive advantage, facilitating innovation for our clients while reflecting the communities in which we live and work. It also helps us attract and retain the best people.
"We are working to create a diverse law firm - a team with diverse perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders and ages - and business community for New Zealand.
"Encouraging diversity is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business."
MinterEllisonRuddWatts has the highest number of female partners and senior staff of any large law firm in New Zealand. Additionally 60 per cent of its workforce, 40 per cent of its Board and 53 per cent of its staff in supervisory positions are female.