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An intersectional approach to gender equality

In honour of the two-year anniversary of our Women in Law Pledge, Amandeep Khasriya, Leela Fair and Ania Rontaler discuss intersectionality, their work on gender equality, and the importance of diversity and inclusion.

We all have intersectional identities, with overlapping characteristics, which create unique experiences.

Because they are so unique, it can be difficult to create meaningful and impactful policies, initiatives and support for those experiencing multi-faceted, and multi-layered, discrimination, bias and exclusion.

In this podcast marking the two-year anniversary of our Women in Law Pledge, we invite three signatories to discuss their work on gender equality within their firm and the considerations they make to this work to ensure women with intersectional identities are included and supported.

Listen to the podcast:


Amandeep Khasriya, Moore Barlow

amandeep-khasriyaAmandeep is a senior associate in the major trauma team at Moore Barlow. She works exclusively for claimants in high-value, catastrophic personal injury and fatal accident cases.

She represents individuals who have suffered serious and life changing injuries. Her caseload includes individuals who have suffered brain, amputation and complex orthopaedic injuries.

As well as being the founder of Women Back to Law, Amandeep is a committee member at our Women Lawyers Division and has worked on many projects promoting gender diversity.

These include:

  • speaking at our menopause resource launch event
  • researching into the impact of COVID-19 on women and ethnic groups, and
  • presenting to Open University students on gender equality in the profession

She also co-founded Moore Barlow’s Women in Leadership group as well as their Diversity and Inclusion committee.

She was a keynote speaker at the Diverse Law Legal conference on gender equality in 2020, and has recently been recognised as a top 100 Future Leader in the INvole HERoes Women Role Model List 2020.

Ania Rontaler, Simmons & Simmons

Ania RontalerAnia joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee in September 2003. She is a partner in the London corporate department and heads up the private markets group within the department.

She advises on a variety of corporate matters, including M&A, restructurings, partnership and shareholder arrangements and general day to day corporate matters.

Ania has a particular focus on the asset management sector, advising alternative investment managers on all aspects of their business, including the implementation and structuring of ‘start-ups’, general operational day-to-day matters and ever-increasing M&A in the sector. She is also on the firm’s ESG steering group.

During her time at Simmons & Simmons, Ania has spent time in the Netherlands, Hong Kong offices, and on secondment to a US hedge fund.

Ania features in the Hedge Fund Journal’s 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds, and was also listed as a rising star, new generation M&A partner by Legal Week.

Ania has a huge passion for diversity and inclusion. She is co-chair of the Simmons & Simmons women’s network, The Number One Club (TNOC), and is also the firm’s gender balance partner.

Ania was also involved with the Law Society working group in relation to the Women in Law Pledge.

Leela Fair, Cleveland & Co

Leela FairLeela Fair is the acting managing director of Cleveland & Co’s UK office. She oversees:

  • business development
  • client relationships
  • all staff needs

She also supports the CEO on the day to day working of the business.

Leela’s experience covers private equity, and traditional fund and hedge fund sectors. Her experience also includes advising and assisting a range of services providers within the asset management industry.

The Women in Law Pledge

The Women in Law Pledge was launched in 2019 in partnership with the Bar Council and CILEx to offer organisations within the legal sector a structure to creating valuable progress for women’s equality internally.

It's a public commitment to colleagues and clients alike that gender equality is a priority within your diversity and inclusion work, and that you pledge to contribute to progress for equality.

Find out more about the Women in Law Pledge and download the submission form

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