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Ashurst publishes new IDB action plan

The firm is set a series of global and UK-wide targets to be met by 2026

Global Law firm Ashurst has announced the launch of a five-year inclusion, diversity and belonging (IDB) action plan to help meet new targets set out by the board.

The new targets see a broadening of focus areas, with the introduction of a global LGBTI+ target, UK ethnicity targets and renewed gender equality targets.

The firm’s new plan sets out eight “overarching” inclusion priorities and steps to progress IDB.

Ashurst has said it aims to have at least 35% ethnically diverse trainees, of whom 13% will be Black, in the UK office each year.

In addition, the firm is also targeting in the UK office a 15% ethnically diverse partnership and senior leadership, of whom 6% will be Black and 30% of the same for its legal and business services staff.

Globally, Ashurst has said it aims to have a representation of 4% LGBTI+ at partnership and senior business services leader level. It also aims to have 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons) representation at partnership and senior business leaders level by 2026.

Karen Davies, global chair at Ashurst, said: “Delivering on our commitment to inclusion, diversity and belonging is a key strategic priority for the firm and setting targets drives the change we all want to achieve.

Paul Jenkins, global managing partner, added: “We have, however, far more to do. The IDB Action Plan helps us make tangible progress towards our goal of being the most progressive global firm. The new targets and plan will continue to drive progress in putting inclusion, diversity and belonging at the heart of everything we do and will ensure we hold ourselves to account.”

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