Diversity and belonging

Constant change, the fast pace of advancing technology, sustainability and competition for the best talent are some of today’s challenges. More than ever we must work in partnership with our clients and community and remain relevant in order to be our best and attract the best.

Diversity is, and will remain, a key factor in our continued success. We see diversity as multi-faceted; it encompasses gender, ethnicity, religion and beliefs, sexual orientation and social background as well as age, thinking and working styles. We know our differences can be used to great advantage; enabling better decision making and performance, encouraging innovation and bringing fresh perspectives to our work.

We are 100% committed to continuing to create a culture of diversity and belonging which focuses on equal opportunity, merit and providing the tools to be our best. Our end goal is to remove all barriers to working at Chapman Tripp.


Putting our words into action

We have been quietly making some significant progress towards our goal. Here is a snapshot of some of the things we have achieved so far:

  • Since 2007, the Women@CT programme has focused on the development and advancement of women in the firm.
  • Flexible and remote working opportunities for all.
  • Mandarin and Te Reo Māori language classes and coaching on cultural norms.
  • Inclusive leadership training to raise awareness of what influences our perceptions of others and how we can all contribute to building an inclusive culture.
  • Active support for Māori in law and business.
  • Partnering with First Foundation, a unique educational trust which offers talented young New Zealanders, with few financial resources, the chance to achieve their potential through tertiary education.
  • The firm is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (EEO) in New Zealand, and we are a signatory to the United Nations Women and United Nations Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Our statistics show that we are making progress

  • 20% of our partners are women.
  • 49% of our partner promotions over the past five years have been women.
  • 63% of our senior associate promotions in 2015 were women.
  • 52% of our legal promotions overall in 2015 were women.
  • 51% of our legal staff are women.
  • a number of our staff have formal flexible working arrangements, including four partners.

Recognition for what we have achieved so far

Winner of a 2015 White Camellia award; this award recognises organisations that have made the most progress in advancing the international United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. We won our award for our diversity strategy and for demonstrating high-level corporate leadership on gender equality.

  • New Zealand Employer of Choice – 2015 and 2014 Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice.
  • Employer of Choice – 2014 (100+ employees) at the New Zealand Law Awards.
  • Winner of the Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law award for the best gender diversity initiative by an Australasian firm and the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law award for the best gender diversity initiative by a national firm in 2013.