Our Ability Network offers support and guidance in relation to disability to all our people, to increase knowledge and awareness of disability across the firm, and to remove barriers to success.
We are committed to supporting all our people who have caring responsibilities. We provide enhanced parental leave pay and offer coaching for individuals returning from parental leave.
We have a range of global networks focused on gender equity. Gender diversity is a critical component of our firm’s past, present and future.
We are proud that Herbert Smith Freehills was the first major Australian law firm to appoint a woman partner. We have public targets in relation to women in partnership and leadership positions, ensuring we have a full and robust pipeline of female talent.
Our global IRIS (Inclusion Respecting Identity and Sexuality) network connects and engages LGBTI and ally colleagues across the regions. Our network has hosted some wonderful events, which build on the strength of our IRIS programs. The network advised on the development of our Global Transitioning Guidelines.
Our Multicultural Network is essential as a global firm operating across international jurisdictions. We aim to enhance the multicultural diversity of our people at all levels of the business.
Our Veterans’ Network recognises and acknowledges the unique nature of military service and the contribution that members of the military and their families have made. Herbert Smith Freehills have recently signed the Australian Government’s Veterans’ Employment Commitment, publicly declaring to support greater employment opportunities for veterans and to recognise the value that veterans and their family members bring to our firm. Going forward we will work with clients and the Military Network in our London office to actively attract, support, connect and develop veterans and their family members.