Ashurst has become the first leading U.K. law firm to introduce a quota for the number of women it wants to employ in management positions, with the London firm aiming to have one quarter of its management posts filled by women within the next three years.

The target has been introduced by the Ashurst Committee, which was created at the start of 2011 by senior partner Charlie Geffen and global head of corporate Stephen Lloyd with the intention of improving the retention of female lawyers.

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