Certification

Welcome to WILEF 2020 US/UK Certification—Applications will be available beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020

Firms seeking WILEF 2020 US and/or UK Certification as “Gold Standard firms” must have a total of 300 and 100 practicing attorneys in the U.S. and U.K. respectively. The applications must be submitted on or before June 5, 2020 to be included in the initial listing of 2020 US and UK Gold Standard Firms. All questions must be answered. No extensions will be granted

For 2020 US Gold Standard Certification firms of 300 or more attorneys must satisfy:

both the mandatory criterion that:

  • 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women

and at least three of the following five criteria:

  • 15% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women
  • 20% of the firm’s primary governance committee are women
  • 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women
  • 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women
  • 10% of women equity partners are women of color or 4% of women equity partners are LGBT [percentages have been increased]

Included with the US application will be an informational questionnaire regarding pay parity. It will not count toward achieving the Gold Standard but must be completed.

For 2020 UK Gold Standard Certification firms of 100 or more attorneys must meet three of the following five criteria:

  • 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women
  • 20% of the firm’s governance committee are women equity partners
  • 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women equity partners
  • 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women
  • 10% of women equity partners are women of color or 4% of women equity partners are LGBT. [percentages have been increased]

For 2020 US and UK Gold Standard Certification applications will be accepted until December 18, 2020. Questions regarding the Gold Standard and requests for the application can be obtained by contacting WILEF Global Chair and Co-Founder, Elizabeth Anne Tursi at elizabethtursi@aol.com.