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London, United Kingdom

Workplace initiatives at Ashurst

Workplace initiative Status
Breastfeeding rooms
Coaching programs
Continuation of superannuation payments whilst on paid Parental Leave
Continuation of superannuation payments whilst on unpaid Parental Leave No
Domestic and Family Violence policy
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employee engagement scores year on year
Employee turnover rate
Employer is a Pay Equity Ambassador*
Internal Women's networking groups
Leadership development programs
Mentoring opportunities
Minimum tenure required to be eligible for Paid Parental Leave 12 Months
Open to discussing flexible working arrangements at the interview stage?
Opportunities to purchase leave
Paid Parental Leave at full salary for primary carer (not including government-funded parental leave) 18 Weeks
Paid Parental Leave at full salary for secondary carer 1 Week
Paid volunteer days No
Programs for parents returning to work after Parental Leave
Targets to raise the number of women in leadership

About Ashurst

Ashurst are a leading international law firm with world class capability with an international network of 25 offices in 15 countries, allowing us to provide help and advice to clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. 

With our technical expertise, local knowledge, and international network, we deliver an experience for our clients that other professional service providers find hard to match. We are committed to offering a global elite service to our clients through recruiting, retaining and promoting the best people from the widest possible talent pools.

Our approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Ashurst is proud of its commitment to diversity and inclusion and its strategy to support this, which is designed to:

  • Embed a culture of transparency and openness with the commitment to reporting on progress and raising awareness of unconscious bias
  • Ensure that each employee feels judged solely on ability with equal opportunity to reach their potential; and
  • Ensure that each partner understands the role of diversity and inclusion in business and is accountable for a proactive approach to engaging with key issues.

The strategy is implemented through detailed action plans.  Our Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group chaired by our Managing Partner and comprising ten partners and the D&I team, advises on and oversees implementation of this strategy and focusses on four principal strands of diversity - Gender, LGBTI, Multiculturalism and Disability & Resilience.

The firm's vision - to be the best advisor for our clients and to offer our people an exceptional place to work - depends on, and is underpinned by, achieving a diverse and inclusive organisation.

Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at Ashurst

Ashurst is recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in Australia.  2016 marked the 16th consecutive year Ashurst has been recognised by the WGEA (and its predecessor the EOWA).  We are the only law firm in Australia to have held the citation continuously since its inception.

Ashurst offers specialised coaching that is designed to offer support to those staff members preparing to commence, depart or return from a period of parental leave. These sessions provide attendees with an opportunity to understand ways they can assist in facilitating open and honest communication during the parental leave period, creating effective working practices and managing other aspects of these transition periods.

In 2016, Ashurst Managing Partner Paul Jenkins was appointed a Pay Equity Ambassador by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in Australia. As part of this role, Paul has committed to ensuring that the firm analyses and monitors pay and talent management data and take any action required to address any inequalities found.

Ashurst staff and partners have the opportunity to access a range of Diversity and Inclusion training including:

  • Unconscious Bias sessions designed to focus attention on the significant and unintended impact of unconscious thought processes on a whole range of interactions in the office and how this can impact diversity and inclusion.  The session covers an introduction to unconscious bias, together with an outline of how it manifests itself and what can be done to mitigate it.  The session draws on recent research and uses case studies tailored to the legal workplace.
  • Managing Flexibility in the workplace' which focusses on building partners' and managers' understanding of ways to manage flexible work arrangements, the firm's policies and procedures and highlights the importance of open communication when managing flexible work.

Ashurst has active Women's Networks in each office which organise events, mentoring programs and discussions related to gender diversity issues and career development.  The Women's Network aims to create a network of professionals to encourage, inspire and support women.  Each year a programme of events is organised to celebrate and raise awareness of International Women's Day.