Women working

More than sixty female colleagues from across Horwich Farrelly’s eight offices recently gathered in Manchester for the firm’s inaugural HF NoW (Network of Women) event.

The aim of the Inspiring Women event was to explore ways the firm can support women’s aspirations to move into senior roles at Horwich Farrelly.

During the day Partners Nicola Critchley, Claire Fox, Anna Poynton and Karen Mann, and Director of People, Liz Partington provided a personal insight into how they got into their roles and the experiences they have had throughout their careers in the legal sector.

In addition, Business Psychologist and Leadership Coach, Jess Baker, spoke to the group about ‘imposter syndrome’ and Sally Penni, Barrister and founder of Women in Law UK, talked about the barriers and challenges she has had to overcome in her career to date.

The initiative, which follows the announcement that the firm has signed up to the Law Society’s Women Returners programme, is just one component of Horwich Farrelly’s strategy to improve diversity and inclusion and reduce its gender pay gap.

A recent review of family friendly policies has led to the introduction of enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave pay, and work is underway to consider the potential to introduce greater flexibility around the firm’s operational hours. Recruitment processes have also been overhauled to provide greater transparency and clearer pathways for progression.

A selection of images from the event can be viewed below.