Responsible Business Report 2023

Diversity & Inclusion


Clyde & Co’s new parental leave policy enabled me to spend a significant period of quality time with my daughter at a really important time in her development. I now have a closer relationship with her than I would have had if I hadn’t been able to spend that time with her. As a family, now that my wife, who is also a solicitor, and I are both back at work and our daughter is in nursery, the policy has helped to ensure that we split things like nursery drop-offs and pick-ups and bedtimes equally between us, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if I had just

Family Leave Offering

Further elements of the offering include:

• Ten days fully paid leave for fertility treatment • Four weeks fully paid (before 20 weeks pregnancy) pregnancy loss leave for women or anyone suffering a pregnancy loss directly and up to 26 weeks’ paid leave after 20 weeks pregnancy for all, regardless of gender • Up to 12 additional weeks’ paid leave for parents with children in neonatal care • Consistent access to back-up childcare provision and five days emergency leave a year • Parental transition coaching and parental leave sponsors for fee earners Employees were also entitled to retrospective eligibility for those already on, or who had recently returned, from parental leave. We have seen 33% of women and 37% of men who are eligible for the retrospective leave take it up.

In May 2023 we launched a globally consistent parental leave offering available to all employees and partners across the firm following 12 months’ service. The offering includes access to 26 weeks fully paid leave, except where local legislation allows for more, regardless of gender or parental role. The policy replaces previous maternity and paternity leave entitlements to provide a consistent, cohesive offering to all. In addition, the offering seeks to provide our colleagues with greater, more inclusive support when they become parents, more effective support as they transition back to work and consistent support as they balance ongoing work and family care.

had two weeks of leave when she was born. It is great that Clyde & Co has taken a lead in this area and hopefully other firms will follow suit.

Chris Kerr Legal Director, UK

Credit: Chris Kerr

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