Ashurst is directing a new scheme aimed at corporate associates at the firm. The “blind allocation” scheme distributes work based on associates’ previous work undertaken at the firm, rather than any work for partners or their relationship with them. The pilot stage of this scheme was launched in July and aims to create a fairer means by which to distribute work.
Simon Beddow, Ashurst global corporate co-head said the goal of the initiative was “to achieve complete blindness on who gets what work, and to ensure people get an equal share of the work.” Beddow further stipulated that the scheme should also improve both gender and social equality within the corporate department. It has previously been advocated that non-blind allocation means women lose out on some work. Resource management consultant Dace Cook who spearheaded the initiative, which concludes at the end of this month, has labelled it a success.