International Women's Day, although an important focal point for the movement of women’s rights, has evolved to become a more all-encompassing standpoint and reflective of the need and want for a completely equal society.

Given my role at Sherrards as a Partner in the Employment team and as Head of HR, I am interested (naturally) in diversity, equality & inclusion. I am proud to be have helped support Sherrards over my time here to embrace diversity, equality and fairness in all that we do. We provide many benefits to staff, including access to mentoring, apprenticeships, a mental health first aider, flexible working opportunities and even yoga at lunchtimes! This certainly wasn’t usual when I first started my career over 20 years ago, and it is fantastic to see the increased focus on staff well-being and work/life blend. We work hard to create an inclusive workforce. When asked to describe the firm, our staff chose the word ‘Supportive’ as the one that was most reflective of our culture. The word cloud below shows some of the other frequently occurring words. Building on this feedback, we articulated the firm’s five values – which we believe truly showcase and reflect who we are as a firm, as our staff and clients know us. These values are that:

  1. We are proud
  2. We work together
  3. We get it done and we do it well
  4. We are flexible and we care
  5. We are human.

We fully support the #choosetochallenge campaign because we know that we get the best out of our staff if we have a variety of different people working together, bringing their unique experience and skill-sets together to challenge the status quo. In addition, we are making sure our junior lawyers learn to have a voice of their own by creating their own group. the ‘Junior Lawyer Group’. This team of 10+ junior lawyers, trainees and professionals from within Sherrards meet once every two months to drive change at the firm and within their circles. We also co-run young professional groups in St Albans via the City of Expertise and in London with Alliott Accountants to help make sure local professionals at the beginning of their careers are able to build up networks and voices of their own. We understand the importance of International Womens Day and are proud to be part of a culture that celebrates the achievements of all its staff. As part of our successful growth strategy, we are currently recruiting for numerous roles. If you would like to join our supportive team, click here to find out more.