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Linklaters launches leadership programme for women

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20 September 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Linklaters has launched a new initiative to increase its retention of high-potential female associates.

The women’s leadership programme is intended to provide a structured means of targeting female associates with the strongest potential as early as possible.

The pilot, which will commence in November 2012, will have 25 places available to women managing associates from Linklaters' offices in London and continental Europe.

The programme has been developed in conjunction with Cranfield School of Management and will consist of a series of events, structured learning and coaching sessions spread over six months.

“As a firm we are keen to do whatever we can to motivate, inspire and support our women lawyers,” said Christa Band, a partner in Linklaters’ litigation practice.

“This programme is one of a number of initiatives and we hope that it will provide a structure for the support and further development of our most talented women.” 

The firm currently offers managing associate diplomas to enhance client, business and commercial skills.

Linklaters also runs a five-day partner leadership programme led by Harvard Business School professors on topics including strategy and crisis management.

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