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Our 2019 pay gap report

16 October 2020

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At Herbert Smith Freehills, we believe in the principles of gender pay gap reporting legislation and the issues it aims to address.

In the first year of gender pay gap reporting, we welcomed the opportunity to outline our pay gap for employees. In year two, as public interest grew, we chose to go beyond the scope of reporting requirements to disclose our partner pay gap.

This year, for the first time, we are also reporting on our ethnicity pay gap. While there is no requirement to report these figures, we believe this is an important step in enhancing transparency and accountability – a crucial part of improving ethnic diversity across our firm and building a supportive, respectful environment where everyone can thrive.

Our analysis indicates that, like many other firms, our gender and ethnicity pay gaps are affected substantially by the type of roles within our organisation; the distribution of men and women performing those jobs; and the distribution of Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees and partners within the firm. Whilst that explains our pay gaps, we recognise that we need to do more and better to build a truly inclusive firm where everyone is able to flourish.

As we continue to take steps to improve the gender balance and ethnicity balance in our partnership and the wider firm, we also acknowledge that there is more to do. There are still areas of diversity in which we are underrepresented as a firm and a sector. We have therefore developed specific action plans, including those focused on retaining and developing women and minority ethnic talent.

To read our full report, please click the image below.

Read our 2018 gender pay gap report

Read our 2017 gender pay gap report