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Dedicated to fostering diversity in recruitment and nurturing an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and succeed.

  • Three members of our management board, as of 1 April 2019, are women. Their roles on the board are Human Resources Director, Corporate & Commercial Group Leader and Chief Financial Officer.
  • In 2015, we set an ambitious target to increase the percentage of female fixed share partners to 30% by 2020 and this target was considered as part of the promotion process. We missed our target but reached 27% and between 2016 and 2021 we increased the percentage of women partners (both equity and fixed share) from 10% to 16%.
  • As of March 2021, 50% of our Senior Associates and 56% of our Associates were women, which shows we have a strong pipeline of female talent.
  • Women are encouraged to develop their external networks, which is key to their development, by engaging with external industry groups such as WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association).
  • Our gender equality network provides an opportunity for men and women to share their experiences and to input into the development of initiatives aiming to ensure gender equality.
  • We publish more than the mandatory information required in our UK Gender Pay Gap report – HFW Gender Pay Gap Report 2021/22.
  • We recognise that men are also negatively impacted by gender inequality and so we have taken a number of actions:
    • We have used International Men’s Day as an opportunity to share the experiences of working fathers in the firm and to highlight male suicide and the importance of talking and seeking help.
    • Our agile working policy applies equally to men as it does to women.
    • In 2016, we introduced a shared parental leave policy in London which matches our enhanced maternity pay provision to encourage men to take time to be with their families.
    • Our MyFamily seminars in London are well attended by men as well as women.

Our business partners

Learn more about the way we operate day to day with our clients and suppliers, as well as how we engage with them on mutually relevant responsible business issues.

Our communities

We ensure to focus on education and employability, alongside access to justice and legal services as well as social issues which are relevant to our sectors.

Our environment

We actively undergo activities to increase our positive whilst simultaneously reducing our negative impact on the environment.