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International Women's Day - Magazines

International Women's Day is celebrated across the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future.

Litigation and Dispute Management Practice Group Head Ian Gray, Senior Management Team member leading on the development of gender diversity across the firm, comments:

International Women's Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women across the firm. Our short magazines celebrate both clients and colleagues who have made great strides in their careers, and they give some very interesting insight into their experiences. Our focus on diversity is not only central to our People Strategy but is also aligned to our strategic commitment to put our clients at the heart of everything we do"

International Women's Day Magazines

Every year as part of our International Women's Day celebrations, we put together a magazine that gives career insight from a selection of some of the remarkable women working across the firm, as well as from a number of the leading female General Counsel who we work with.

Below are selections of the recent magazines we have produced for International Women's Day.


International Women's Day 2016

Diversity is helping to drive Eversheds’ success. Diversity of skills, thought, experience, management style and personality enables us to develop strong and effective relationships with our broad client base from a wide cross section of business. It also fuels our creativity and wide ranging debates, and has enabled us to be regularly voted one of the most innovative law firms in the UK and internationally.

Download the International Women's Day 2016 magazine.

International Women's Day 2015

Sunday 8 March marked this year’s International Women’s Day, a day to that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women across the globe.

A key element of our people strategy is to foster an inclusive environment where all are able to flourish, regardless of background, age, race or gender, and supporting gender diversity across Eversheds is a key part of our wider commitment to diversity. This year, in keeping with our commitment to continual “thinking without boundaries” around how we deliver our services, we celebrated some of our leading innovative women across Eversheds for International Women’s Day 2015 in a video and zmag. Click here to watch the video now or click here to view the document.

Eversheds also supported the Young Women’s Trust #everydaySHEro campaign from Monday 2 March to Sunday 8 March.

Many of our offices across the firm hosted events and celebrations to mark the day:


International Womens day 2015 - Birmingham Office - Julie Bailey

The Birmingham office celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting an afternoon tea. David Beswick and Audrey Elliott opened the event and were joined by Sadi Khan, one of the founders of Noble Khan, who talked to us about her life experiences and ongoing work. Sadi is totally dedicated to delivering the best cultural training and has created courses that not only raise awareness but build confidence and lasting community cohesion.

Cambridge and Ipswich

International Womens Day 2015 - Cambridge - Caroline Waters

Around 30 colleagues from the Cambridge and Ipswich offices came together in Cambridge to celebrate International Women's Day. Elizabeth Graves gave a talk on employment policy affecting women. She about the general election which was then followed by a debate and open forum on issues women within the office face; such as barriers to career progression, flexible working, etc.


International Womens Day 2015 - Dublin - Dr Susan O'Reilly

On 9 March the Cardiff office celebrated IWD with a gathering of 70 staff in the office. Kathryn Roberts, Senior Partner Cardiff, and Helen Thomas, Product Group and Sector Head, hosted the event with a key note presentation by Dame Rosemary Butler, AM and Presiding Officer of the National Assembly of Wales.


International Womens Day 2015

In the Middle East we launched our RISE women's networking programme on International Women’s Day in an art gallery in one of Dubai's most historic neighbourhoods. Our guest speaker was Nayla Al Khaya who is an acclaimed Emirati film director, screenwriter and producer. She is one of the few female film directors in the UAE and the first female film producer in Dubai.The event was a great success and we received great feedback from clients.


International Womens Day 2014 - Dublin - Dr Susan O'Reilly

On the afternoon of 5 March, we teamed up with Dress for Success Dublin (DfSD) a charity that helps unemployed women get back into the workforce by providing professional clothing and career mentoring. We held an event with the Early Learning Initiative and Domni Kemp (itsabagel) spoke to Transition Year students at the Mount Carmel Secondary School, on setting up a business and the steps involved. The aim was to inspire a generation of girls about the importance of education, the opportunities it brings and how they can be the entrepreneurs of the future. Pamela O’Neill and Aisling Gannon spoke about the Eversheds Women’s Leadership Initiative, and how this is relevant to the students and their future careers.

Hong Kong

International Womens day 2014 - Birmingham Office - Julie Bailey

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Hong Kong office spent an afternoon watching a Ted video on “Our century’s greatest injustice” by Sheryl Wu Dunn and fundraising for “Room to Read”, an NGO which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in Africa and Asia by focusing on literary and gender equality in education. A similar event was held in the Singapore office.


inspiring change and gaining momentum event

In the Leeds office, we wanted International Women’s Day this year to remind us of the amazing role that women play in family life. A team of Eversheds volunteers worked with the Grandparents Association via Leeds City Council on 9 and 12 March to celebrate the many unsung heroines who act with compassion and generosity in their everyday lives. Our volunteers helped a local grandmother, who faced with difficult family circumstances, is nonetheless playing a significant part in the care of her granddaughter and acting as a fantastic role model to her in the process.


International Womens day 2015

On Friday 6 March, Ian Gray spoke at The Law Society's International Women's Day seminar on the topic of 'targets v quotas', and discussed how setting a target of 25% female partners at Eversheds by May 2016 has helped to keep us focused on improving gender balance in the partnership. The London office also held collections for the donation of womens’ workwear in aid of the charity Dress for Success and toiletries for the Whitechapel Mission. On Monday 30 March we will also hold a Bring Your Daughter to Work day, welcoming 16-18 year olds into the office to encourage them into a professional career and learn about what we do across the business.



ON 5 March, the Manchester office held an afternoon tea event for clients and colleagues, with Hazel Blears MP as the guest speaker.


Most of the female lawyers of Eversheds Milan office are attending three training sessions organised by a group called AslaWomen (Asla in an association of large law firms in Italy, of which partner Daniela Murer is a member). The first session was held on 5 March on “Leadership and gender”, led by a Professor in Psychology called Odile Robotti.


International Womens day 2015

On Friday 6 March Eversheds Newcastle celebrated International Women’s Day by welcoming two inspirational speakers; Clare Curran, HR Director for Durham University and Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. The event was a huge success, and having two such diverse speakers allowed for lively debate and conversations both during the Q&A, and in the networking which followed. This event was organised by Jessie Uppal and Helen Grant.


International Womens day 2015

On Monday 9 March the Nottingham office hosted a lunch featuring guest speaker, Dame Asha Khemka OBE DBE. Dame Asha has dedicated a lifetime’s service to further education in the UK and is possibly one of the most prominent figures working in the sector today. Dame Asha talked about her life before working in the education sector and how she went from housewife, to lecturer, to Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, steering the college to become one of the most successful in the UK.


International Womens day 2015

In the Paris office, we celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 6 March and Monday 9 March, with a presentation by Stephanie Poletti of 'Room to Read' on the charity and their Girls’ Education Programme. Paris SOP Remi Kleiman also talked about diversity within Eversheds. 515 euros were raised for Room to Read through the sale of homemade cakes and mini-plants.


International Womens day 2015

In the Tallinn office, colleagues followed the tradition in Estonia where the men organise drinks, cakes and flowers for the women as a thank you.


Colleagues in Vilnius hosted an English afternoon tea event for female clients and contacts.

#everydaySHEro campaign

everydaySHEro Campaign     womens-day

A number of colleagues took part in the Young Women’s Trust #everydaySHEro campaign to mark International Women’s Day. The day celebrates women around the world, so the Young Women’s Trust wanted to ask people to tell them about the women they want to celebrate in their own lives – their #everydaySHEro. Participants included Ian Gray, practice group head for litigation and dispute management and the SMT sponsor for gender, who nominated Helen Thomas for being a leader and a role model at the firm. The pitch team nominated Lorraine Case who has battled and beaten breast cancer while raising three children and doing a great job at Eversheds. Lorraine has also lobbied the Welsh Government to ensure cancer sufferers in her area have access to new and cutting edge genetic tests.

Click here for more information about the #everydaySHEro campaign


International Women's Day 2014

Celebrations and events took place across the firm over the course of the week to mark this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme for this year was “Inspiring Change and Gaining Momentum” and events were held across our offices, from Cardiff to Dubai, Paris to Dublin.


Our Amman office celebrated International Women’s Day with a light lunch followed by a presentation from Amman managing partner Tawfiq Tabbaa and ended the event with a fun quiz about women throughout history. Prizes were given to the first three winners with the highest correct answers.


International Womens day 2014 - Birmingham Office - Julie Bailey

Colleagues in Birmingham attended a talk on “Inspiring Change and Gaining Momentum” delivered by Julie Bailey, the NHS campaigner awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours. Senior office partner David Beswick opened the event, which also saw partner Katharine Vickery deliver an engaging presentation and video on how far Eversheds has come with its gender diversity targets, outlining our key successes over the past year. Julie talked about her first hand experiences with the NHS and her strength to pursue what was right was truly remarkable.


International Womens Day 2014 - Cambridge - Caroline Waters

The Cambridge office was delighted to host Caroline Waters OBE for International Women’s Day on Friday 7 March. Caroline, who is the Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former Director of People and Policy at BT, spoke about diversity, changes in the workplace and her own career story. She said that inclusion should not be about a “tick box exercise”, and explained that “what’s really important is how people feel.” She also emphasised that diversity is important to help organisations to better solve problems and take more rounded decisions and advised women to be more confident and not be afraid to self-promote.


International Womens Day 2014 - Dublin - Dr Susan O'Reilly

The Dublin office hosted a breakfast on Friday 7 March, which was attended by more than 60 female executives from a wide range of professions and business organisations. Dr Susan O’Reilly, the Director of the National Cancer Control Programme, led an active discussion, sharing her leadership insights and learning. Partner Pamela O’Neill welcomed guests and announced the introduction of a formal mentoring programme for women working in Eversheds. Partner Aisling Gannon, head of healthcare in Dublin, also spoke at the event.


inspiring change and gaining momentum event

On Monday 10 March the London office hosted a client-led debate on the topic ””. The event was attended both by colleagues and clients. The panel comprised of Rosemary Martin, Vodafone plc, Justine Campbell, British Gas, Heather Key, Interserve Developments, Giles Pemberton, Easyjet plc, Kate Cheetham, Lloyds Banking Group, and partner Ian Gray, SMT sponsor for gender. It turned out to be a lively debate, with discussions covering all aspects of gender diversity, which were reported live on the Eversheds twitter page.


International Womens day 2014 - Paris - Stand Up for African Mothers campaign

Paris colleagues voted to choose the charity they wanted to support on International Women’s Day. The winner was AMREF's , which is aiming to train 15,000 African midwives by 2015, helping to reduce maternal deaths in Africa by 25%. More than €800 was raised for the charity (doubling the amount raised last year on International Women’s Day) through the sale of homemade cakes and mini-plants, which the Eversheds Charitable Trust has agreed to match. European managing partner Michael Brown and partner Boris Martor talked with colleagues about diversity within Eversheds and we were fortunate enough to have a presentation by Anne Decressaint of AMREF on their work through their Stand Up for African Mothers campaign.

Making the news

Amy Pownall Associate Eversheds - Part of The Guardians "Be Yourself at Work" Campaign

A number of our colleagues were featured in The Guardian’s #BeYourselfAtWork campaign to mark International Women’s Day, which asked women in business “what is the best piece of work advice you’ve ever received.” Colleagues submitted pictures of themselves with a sign sharing the advice which were published in a gallery on The Guardian’s website. Amongst those pictured is associate Amy Pownall with an Oscar Wilde quote which has inspired her. View the Guardian's #BeYourselfAtWork gallery here.

Contact us

Ian Gray, Executive Partner (International)