Bell Gully has become a foundation supporter of a policy aimed at increasing the proportion of women lawyers that lead court proceedings and other contentious legal matters.
The Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy was launched by the Law Society and New Zealand Bar Association on 5 December, with Bell Gully among those to offer their support from the outset. A number of law firms, barristers' chambers and lawyers have adopted the policy, as have corporate supporters including clients of the firm.
Bell Gully partner Jenny Stevens, who is a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said the policy builds on Bell Gully's existing internal guidelines for adopting equitable briefing practices and further formalises the firm's commitment to supporting its clients to meet their own commitments to the policy's goals. "We're proud to support gender equitable briefing, and to offer support to our clients as they do so too," she said.