Trio of law firms included in Times list of top employers for women

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Addleshaw Goddard have all been identified as top employers for women in a list published by The Times today.

All three firms are featured in The Times‘ annual Top 50 Employers for Women list, with both Freshfields and Hogan Lovells included for the first time.

Freshfields has been attempting to boost diversity at the firm in recent months with a number of new initiatives, including unconscious bias training, emergency childcare and increased support for management of maternity leave.

Meanwhile, Hogan Lovells last year launched a mentoring programme for female associates and is currently looking at further initiatives to increase the proportion of female partners at the firm from its current figure of around 20%.

Hogan Lovells diversity co-chair Ruth Grant (pictured) said: “This is the first time we have applied to be on the list and we feel our place is a reflection of a number of initiatives, including a pilot women’s mentoring scheme which we ran last year.

“Although compared with some other City firms we have good female partner statistics, it is still not enough to have only a fifth of the partnership made up of women, and we are currently looking at ways to address this.”

Addleshaw Goddard has been on the list every year since it launched in 2006, with the exception of 2010, when it chose not to apply.

This list is compiled by assessing what organisations do internally for female employees as well as their external efforts to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion to create opportunities for women.