Gender

It is a privilege to work at Deacons where 50% of our partnership, management committee and practice group heads are women. We are proud of this, but we cannot be complacent. We ensure that from the day of starting a career with us, our women personnel are supported so that they have an equal seat at the table and are able to fulfil their full potential. This is essential for us to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Mark Stevens
Partner, Corporate Commercial

At Deacons, we have 50% of female in our Management Committee and we support women’s progression at each career level.

We recognise a diverse management team is important for the overall excellence for both the business and the community.

We want to ensure Deacons is gender diverse at all levels, particularly within the management and partnership. In support of this goal, we continue to use data to ensure we are on the right track and identify areas for improvement. We also diverse and implement strategies to help our people to realize their full potential and pursue their career ambitions.

Our Women’s Network provides a platform for building supportive networks, sharing experiences and stories, championing engagement in the behaviours and activities which drive gender equity at Deacons. We want to create a place where everyone can be their true self at work and succeed.

Deacons Women

Catherine Zheng

Partner, Co-Head of Intellectual Property
From Chemistry to Intellectual Property.

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Su Cheen Chuah

Partner, Financial Services
From Malaysia to Hong Kong and beyond.

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International Women’s Day 2024

 

Cynthia Chung

Partner,
Corporate Commercial Practice Group

Cynthia shares the people and culture of the firm and tells us why she chose Deacons; and shares who inspired her the most and influenced her professional journey, her advice to younger self and what she would do to improve gender equity.

 

Fiona Fong

Partner,
Financial Services Practice Group

Fiona tells us her insights and considerations that led her to choose Deacons and shares her career inspiration; her advice to younger self and what she would do to improve gender equity.

 

Theresa Luk

Partner,
Intellectual Property Practice Group

Theresa tells us how Deacons values diversity and became her choice of employer; her career inspiration, her advice to younger self and how to inspire inclusion.

 

 

Our journey of supporting gender equity never stops. It involves ensuring equal opportunities, fair treatment, and representation for people of all genders.

Altogether, we continue to level the playing field for everyone in 2024 and beyond.

 

International Women’s Day 2023

A Roundtable — Embrace Equity was held in April 2023 on “Equity isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every Firm’s DNA”. Our Senior Partner Lilian Chiang delivered an opening speech on why just offering equal opportunities in the workplace is not enough; the difference between equality and equity; and the importance to go beyond equal opportunities to embrace the concept of “equity” – recognising individuals’ different circumstances and talents, and giving them the support and resources to bring the best out of each individual.

This is followed by an interactive roundtable discussion led by Susan Sayers, General Manager, Regional General Counsel of HSBC; Fiona Nott, CEO of The Women’s Foundation; and our partners Cynthia Chung and Taylor Hui.

Be part of the women advancement programmes

 

We are one of the members of the 30% Club. The 30% Club is a global business led initiative committed to achieving better gender balance in senior and leadership positions of organizations. By signing up as a member, we advocate and continue to drive real progress on gender diversity at board within the firm.

 

We are also a corporate partner of The Women’s Foundation and participate in their Male Allies Initiative. By engaging with male and female business leaders, the programme aims to normalise the conversation around gender, enabling men in particular to continuously learn and talk about gender issues and create long-lasting change in their organisation and across the Hong Kong community. We believe such an approach supports an inclusive environment where everyone works together for change.

Women’s health empowerment

Recognising and addressing the unique health needs of women is one of the commitments to our gender diversity initiatives. As part of this commitment, we provide a series of talks related to women’s diseases and participate in women’s health campaign. It is important to provide our employees with the knowledge and resources needed to make informed decisions about their health and take proactive steps towards leading healthier lives.

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Deacons’ video series: Diversity and inclusion

In celebration of Deacons’ 170th anniversary, we invited four female lawyers who have been practising law in different areas of the law to talk about our firm’s diversity and inclusion, including our Partners Cynthia Chung and Su Cheen Chuah, Senior Associate Genevieve Lam and Associate Stephanie Yip.


 

The video highlights Deacons’ longstanding commitment to embracing diversity for decades, which is ingrained in our culture and advocated by the senior leadership team. We believe that diversity is central to equal opportunities in the legal workplace, and is fundamental to us in providing better solutions for our clients.

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