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We are delighted to have been voted Gold winner in the category 'Company of the Year: Female Leadership (Professional Services)' at last night's Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2017 (8 February 2017).
This awards programme recognises individuals and companies who maximise the potential of women in wealth. Judges included senior women and men in private wealth and professional firms and Citywealth founder Karen Jones (see here for more details).
Our success is largely due to the fact that our firm is unusual in having had both a female managing partner Linda Woolley and a female senior partner Jane Keir for several years now (since 2013). Our firm has gone from strength to strength under their leadership with the latest turnover figure being £34.6m, an 11% improvement on the previous year. Our firm also has a long standing commitment to diversity with women representing 48% of the partnership and 71% of all fee earners (as of 9/2/2017) which is the envy of many other firms in the sector.
Senior partner Jane Keir comments,
“Kingsley Napley has a leading reputation as a law firm in the criminal and fraud arenas. It is therefore very pleasing for us to be honoured on this occasion in the private wealth space as standing out amongst other City professional firms. Many law firms and other professional firms only recently began to recognise the importance of female leadership, genuine diversity in its workforce and a supportive culture for capable women. Kingsley Napley has been quietly doing all these things for years. We are thrilled this has been recognised with this award.”
Last night's win follows our performance in the 2015 Citywealth Powerwomen awards when we received the ‘Silver Award for Female Leadership in Professional Services’ and senior partner Jane Keir won the ‘Editor's Choice Award’ for her career achievements, notably combining her leadership role at the firm with her successful practice in divorce and family law. We have also featured for the last three years in The Sunday Times' 100 Best Companies to Work For survey with its high levels of employee engagement mentioned as a positive attribute.
We are planning various activities to mark International Women's Day on 8 March including hosting a firmwide lunch with inspirational speakers and publishing a blog series as a further example of our commitment to encouraging women in their careers.
Linda Woolley and Jane Keir at last night's awards
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