Keypoint Law has been named as one of the leading Australian law firms for senior female lawyers in the Australian Financial Review’s Legal Partnership Survey ‘Women at Work’ segment, released on 6 July 2018. The firm debuted in the list in 2017.
The firm was ranked second out of the 49 firms included in the survey, with Clyde & Co, Landers & Rogers, Maddocks, KPMG, Gilbert + Tobin and Gadens also listed in the top ten. Keypoint’s success provides further evidence that their model supports senior female lawyers where others fall short.
Keypoint’s senior female lawyers comprise 41% of the total number of Consulting Principals* at the firm, far exceeding the industry average of 27%. Of Keypoint’s senior recruits over the past 12 months, 50% were women.
Keypoint Law CEO Warren Kalinko said:
“We are immensely proud to continue to rank as a top firm for senior female lawyers. The incredibly talented women among our ranks have played a vital role in the continued success of our firm, reaffirming our commitment to promoting an inclusive working environment, irrespective of gender. Our model provides a level playing field for all senior lawyers, allowing us to attract experienced and driven women looking to maintain their career trajectory on their own terms”.
Suzy Schmitz, a Melbourne-based Consulting Principal specialising in intellectual property and commercial contracts, said:
“Traditional law firms make a lot of noise about supporting female lawyers but their model makes it hard to achieve in practice. Long hours, targets and an ‘at the desk’ culture are hard to maintain and drive many women away from private practice. Keypoint’s model proves that senior legal practice can be achieved in a different way and be genuinely compatible with life’s other demands, without compromising on the quality of work or earnings.”
Luma Sherif, a Sydney-based Consulting Principal and commercial litigator, said:
Keypoint has allowed me to balance my career and family life in a way that I have never been able to before. I have young children and Keypoint has given me the flexibility to work from home and juggle work with family commitments. The support of my team allows me to have a great deal of autonomy over what work I do and when I do it.”
Keypoint’s recognition coincides with the Australian Financial Review recognising the firm as the third fastest growing law firm in Australia in percentage terms, based on partner-level appointments over the past 12 months.
*Keypoint Law has a corporate structure and is not a partnership. Our Consulting Principals are equivalent in seniority to partners.