Herbert Smith Freehills

Internal Diversity Networks:

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Gregg Rowan

Gregg Rowan

Social Mobility and Disputes Partner
Social mobility and diversity are causes that have been important to Herbert Smith Freehills for many years. It gives us pride and inspiration to be in the vanguard of law firms tackling these issues and we were thrilled to be one of the highest ranked firms in the inaugural Social Mobility Index in 2017. We are committed to supporting young people from disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds who wish to join the legal profession and to recruiting talented people wherever they come from. Our aim is to look beyond conventional candidates and this is consistently visible in our trainee groups, which comprise people with wonderfully diverse stories and very different journeys into the profession. It is with good reason that our trainees remark that there is no Herbert Smith Freehills “type”. What binds us all together is a genuine belief that everyone should be able to fulfil their aspirations and potential in a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. We are therefore very excited to work with Aspiring Solicitors, both as an extension of our commitment to social mobility and diversity and so that we can continue to recruit the very best trainee solicitors.

Diversity at Herbert Smith Freehills:

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global law firm, it is important that we lead the way for change in equality in the workplace by creating an inclusive culture for our existing and prospective employees. We celebrate the uniqueness of our people and the talent this diversity brings to our firm. Their breadth of experience and insight adds new dimensions to how we tackle client challenges, drive innovation and attract the best talent. For this reason, we have perhaps one of the most progressive diversity and inclusion programmes in the legal sector, with seven diversity networks led by our people and programmes covering agile working and mental health and wellbeing. We are recognised in the leading external benchmarks for diversity and inclusion, including Stonewall and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Social mobility

Our highest performing teams comprise individuals with different backgrounds and experience. We are therefore committed to ensuring our opportunities are accessible to all and we are dedicated to encouraging the best people to apply, from a range of backgrounds. To encourage access to Herbert Smith Freehills we engage in a number of different activities:

We are a founding member of PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK that is committed to improving young people’s access to the legal sector, building skills and aspirations.

We work closely with Rare Recruitment who support, mentor and coach students through our application process. Through our relationship with Rare, we have implemented a contextual data system which allows us to understand the personal, socio-economic and academic factors that may have influenced the context in which students have performed at school and university and/or completed an application. By doing so, we believe we are creating a level playing field and ensuring we do not miss out on committed individuals.

We also partner with Rare on the Roger Leyland Memorial Scholarship which we award annually to a high performing BAME graduate. Roger Leyland was the first black partner in the firm in the 1980s.

In addition, our Networked Scholarship scheme offers experience and guidance to students from comprehensive schools across London, as part of an innovative five-year programme.

Firm Quote On Diversity:

Diversity and inclusion is a key part of our culture and we celebrate the uniqueness of our people.

Wherever you join us, you will find talented people with different views, experiences and backgrounds. This breadth of experience and insight adds new dimensions to how we tackle client challenges, drive innovation and attract the best talent.

We are home to a wide variety of employee-led diversity networks. These provide firm-wide and client networking opportunities, keynote speaker events and seminars. Our networks include Women Lawyers, Women in Business Services, Ability, Family, LGBT, and Multiculturalism, which celebrates diverse ethnicity, religion, faith and culture.