Certification

INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2021 US AND UK GOLD STANDARD CERTIFICATION

General Information

Firms seeking WILEF 2021 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. Applications will be available on March 15, 2021. The deadline to be included in the first round announcement of Gold Standard Firms is 5:00 PM EDT Friday, June 18, 2021. 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

2021 US GOLD STANDARD INFORMATION

2021 US Gold Standard Certification firms of 300 or more attorneys must satisfy:

both the two mandatory criterion that:

  • 25% of equity partners or, alternatively, 40% of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women
  • 10% of women equity partners are women of color or 4% of women equity partners are LGBT

and at least two of the following five criteria:

  • 20% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women
  • 25% of the firm’s primary governance committee are women
  • 25% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women
  • 20% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women

2021 UK GOLD STANDARD INFORMATION  

For 2021 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
  • 7% of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5% of women equity partners are LGBT.