Eight law firms make ‘top employers for women’ list

Eight law firms have made The Times’ annual list of the top 50 employers for women.

Addleshaw Goddard, CMS, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons featured on the list, which is ordered alphabetically rather than being ranked.

Obelisk Support, an organisation which provides solicitors as temporary support to law firms and in-house teams, also featured in the list.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, the gender equality director at Business in the Community, which complies the list in conjunction with The Times, said the firms had “demonstrated a commitment to fundamentally changing workplace processes and cultures to make them inclusive to all, benefitting women and men at every level in their organisation.”

“I hope they inspire other employers to do the same, she added.”

Linklaters senior partner Robert Elliott said: “To be named as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women for the third year running is testament to the firm’s comprehensive set of initiatives designed to improve diversity.”

Eversheds COO Kathryn Fleming said: “We’re proud to be included in the Times list for a fifth year running. A committed and sustained approach to gender equality of opportunity at Eversheds has ensured that all stakeholders within our business know that it is something to be wholeheartedly embraced.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Olswang and Norton Rose Fulbright, which were included on the list in 2015, did not make the cut this year.