Christine Young is a partner at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, who specialises in employment law. She has extensive experience advising on employment litigation, strategic employment advisory matters, as well as the employment aspects of transactions, particularly cross-border deals. Christine also advises on employment-related data protection.
Herbert Smith Freehills has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list for the second year in a row and wins the Transforming Culture Award for its agile working programme. The awards were presented on Wednesday 20th April in London.
We are delighted to have not only been included in the Times Top 50 list but to have also won an award for our agile working programme. This is a wonderful achievement for the firm and great recognition of our strategic focus to increase the number of women in the partnership and in senior leadership roles. Our focus on increasing diversity and inclusion across the firm is an objective we share with many of our clients who are also listed in the Top 50, and sits at the heart of our firm strategy.
Benefits for everyone
Agile working cultures are seen as positive for the attraction and retention of women, but actually the initiative has benefitted everyone. Fee-earners are allowed to work from home one day as week, and 67% of fee-earners now do so regularly, up from 28% in 2014. The more agile working becomes the norm and we can have more role models doing it, the more we can inspire others that they can have successful careers and achieve a balance.