Law firms are making a lot of noise about diversity these days, and rightly so – many firms’ statistics remain woeful.
So it’s good to see a celebration of those lawyers who have managed to successfully balance their work and home lives. A total of eight lawyers, all women, are named in today’s Part Time Power List, which picks out 50 professionals who work on a part-time basis.
The eight lawyers – four partners in private practice, three in-housers and a associate – all work part-time to a varying degree. Herbert Smith Freehills partner Susan Black, for instance, helped pioneer part-time working at the firm and has now worked on a 70 per cent contract for over a decade.
The list’s publication comes in the same week that new rules on shared parental leave became law. From April, parents will be able to share a year’s parental leave between them. And law firms appear to be embracing the change, with several going above and beyond the legal requirements.
All this is a welcome step in the right direction, but it’s far too soon to see if such changes will actually make a shift in diversity in the profession.
Also on TheLawyer.com:
- Arbitration boutique Three Crowns has hired Covington & Burling partner Carmen Martinez Lopez as a partner in its London office along with senior associates for each of its three bases
- Clifford Chance is understood to be carrying out a review of its German operations, and is likely to see the departure of a number of partners as a result
- Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Sky on the sale of its betting business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in a deal valued up to £800m