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Swindon law firm ranked top for gender diversity

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Amanda DowAmanda DowA Swindon and Marlborough-based firm of solicitors has been ranked second among UK Top 100 law firms for its gender diversity.

Royds Withy King has 213 lawyers of which 64 per cent are female, putting it in second place after Irwin Mitchell in The Lawyer’s UK 200: Top 100 report for 2019.

Speaking about the results, Graham Street, managing partner at Royds Withy King, said: “We are pleased to be recognised for our work in this area as part of our wider commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

"Earlier this month, we announced the appointment of Bharat Nahar as our first ED&I Board Partner. He will champion our ED&I commitment to ensure that equal opportunities and inclusivity are completely embedded within our culture and reflect the make-up of our communities.”

Amanda Dow, director of HR at Royds Withy King, added: “We are continually looking at our gender balance to make sure that both men and women feel they have access to the same opportunities, whether that is in business support roles or in senior legal positions.

"We have recently re-launched our flexible working policy to ensure a fairer and more consistent approach while investing in a robust Learning and Development curriculum, Mentoring Partnerships and our staff-run Gender Equality Network.”

In addition, Royds Withy King has been ranked ninth in The Lawyer’s report for equity partnership gender diversity, with 33 percent female equity partners, and 26th for partnership gender diversity, with 34 percent female partners overall.

The firm has set itself a target of achieving 40 percent women equity partners by 2025.

Royds Withy King, which was crowned Best Managed Firm 2019 at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards, is made up of 516 people who deliver a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and private individuals from principal offices in Bath, London, Oxford, Swindon and Marlborough.