Hogan Lovells receive U.S. and UK WILEF Gold Standard recognition by the WILEF

Washington, D.C.,/London, 27 July 2022 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells has been awarded Gold Standard Certification in the U.S. and in the UK by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), one of only five firms to receive the accolade across the UK and constituting the tenth consecutive year that the firm has been recognized in the U.S., and the fourth in the UK.

WILEF grants Gold Standard status to firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions, and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners.

Thirty two U.S. law firms and five UK firms have been awarded the 2022 gold Standard Certification. 

“We had 29 US firms at this time last year and 11 UK firms,” said Elizabeth “Betiayn” Tursi, WILEF’s Global Chair. “We are up three US firms, but down five UK firms. It is obvious that the new mandatory UK criteria made the difference.” 

For 2022 U.S. Gold Standard Certification, firms must satisfy both the following two mandatory criteria:

  • 25% of equity partners or, alternatively, 40% of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women
  • 10% of women equity partners are women of colour or 4% of women equity partners are LGBT

and at least two of the following five criteria:

  • 20% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women
  • 25% of the firm’s primary governance committee are women
  • 25% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women
  • 20% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women

For WILEF UK Gold Standard, firms needed to meet the mandatory criteria:

  • 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women

and at least two of the following four criteria:

  • 20% of the firm’s governance committee are women equity partners
  • 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women equity partners
  • 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women
  • 7% of women equity partners are women of colour or 3.5% of women equity partners are LGBT.

Julie-Anne Johnston, EMEA Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Senior Manager, commented: “We are very proud to have received recognition by WILEF every year since its introduction in the UK and to have met all mandatory criteria this year. This highly recognised accreditation is a testament to our commitment to improve gender representation and provide diverse and inclusive client teams at the highest ranks in the firm.” 

Rosevelie Márquez Morales, Americas Diversity & Inclusion Director, said: “We continuously strive to create an environment where all our women are supported to achieve their career advancement goals and receiving this gold accreditation is an honour to our culture and the progress we continue to make.”

More details about WILEF Gold Standard Certification can be found here.


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