We are committed to building a gender equal firm, addressing economic inequality for women and embracing the future of work.
Gilbert + Tobin has a depth of female talent: approximately one third of our partners are female, women account for around 64% of our total employee numbers, with many taking advantage of one of our flexible working arrangements, including a number of our partners.
Recently the firm announced a new target to increase the representation of women in its partnership to 40% by 2023, as a critical step towards becoming a gender-balanced partnership.
However, statistics are only part of the story. Many of our women hold leadership positions in the firm as Group and People Leaders and members of the Gilbert + Tobin board.
We have developed a number of professional development programs specifically designed to inform, support and inspire women at all levels of the firm. We have a range of flexible working arrangements and support structures available, including best-practice parental leave entitlements policy, part-time and job share opportunities, flexible working hours, return-to-work support and an on-site family room.
All employees have access to a ‘work from home IT kit’ to enable greater flexibility in how people manage their personal commitments with the needs of clients.
G+T’s ongoing efforts to increase opportunities for talented women to build rewarding long-term careers and at the same time empower both women and men to better balance their work and family commitments has received strong endorsement from external organisations such as WGEA, The Diversity Council and The Women Lawyers Association of NSW (WLAN).
Gilbert + Tobin also supports disadvantaged women in the community through our pro bono and corporate social responsibility programs, including contributing to the Dress for Success program.
To celebrate the First 100 Years of Women in Law, in 2018 The Law Society of New South Wales released a commemorative video charting the key milestones for women lawyers in Australia. Gilbert + Tobin partners Gina Cass-Gottlieb and Rachael Bassil each share their experiences on coming through the ranks as a woman lawyer and what they see for the future of women in law.