A joint initiative of Commercial Bar Association of Victoria (CommBar), members of the Judiciary and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
The overarching objective of this initiative is to increase briefing of women at all seniority levels of the CommBar (and beyond), by engaging with the lawyers who brief the CommBar and working with these organisations to commit to real change. This is an action-focused initiative and as such, progress will be both measured and reported. (note: no firm’s/ organisation’s individual progress will be publically identified).
The Charter of Commitment
Leading law firms and organisations have signed up to a three year Charter of Commitment (2016–2019), in a collective attempt to achieve gender equitable briefing practices in commercial litigation.
The Charter has six key actions. These actions aim to address some of the key barriers to achieving gender equitable briefing practices that firms and organisation have identified in previous workshops.
The founding and current signatories to the Charter of Commitment include:
- Arnold Bloch Leibler
- Australian Securities & Investments Commission
- Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Gilbert & Tobin
- K & L Gates
- Lander & Rogers
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Slater and Gordon
- Victorian Government Solicitors Office
- Thomson Geer
- DLA Piper Australia
It is anticipated that as more firms and organisations become aware of the initiative, that additional signatories will sign up to the Charter of Commitment. The initiative remains open to additional signatories.
For further information about the initiative, download the Public statement of the Equitable Briefing Initiative (PDF, 470KB)