Minters gets international recognition for equality efforts

by Sol Dolor13 Nov 2017
MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ efforts promoting gender diversity have been recognised, as the firm has won the country award for New Zealand in the Asia Women in Business Law Awards.

The awards – held at a gala in Hong Kong last week – pitted the top firm against the best law firms in the country.

Lloyd Kavanagh, MinterEllisonRuddWatts chair, said the firm is proud of the achievement but more importantly of its ongoing 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,” he said.

He said MinterEllisonRuddWatts is committed to creating a diverse law firm – with diverse perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders, and ages – and a diverse New Zealand business community.

The firm has the most number of female partners and senior staff among the large law firms of the country. Its workforce is also 60% women, while its board and supervisors are 40% and 53% women, respectively.


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