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WINRS at Reed Smith

The primary objective of WINRS is to help our women develop to their fullest potential, and position them appropriately for advancement and success.

The Women’s Initiative Network of Reed Smith is a global community of lawyers that operates as a “Virtual Practice Group” dedicated to further enhancing our workplace to more effectively develop, reward, engage, and attract women lawyers.

Our WINRS Working Groups are actively engaged in building a platform for success by focusing on the following elements and constituencies:

  • Business Development
  • Pipeliners (Senior Associates – our pipeline for Partnership)
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting
  • Work/Life Balance

As a sign of our commitment to our female staff, we also joined the 30% club.

When we first signed up in 2015, we were one of the few businesses that had already reached the club’s target – to have 30% female board membership.

The Lynne Freeman Award

To honour the great contribution made to the firm by late partner, Lynne Freeman, we have introduced ‘The Lynne Freeman Award for Talent Development’. Lynne, a partner in our Energy & Natural Resources Group, had a huge impact on the direction of the firm and particularly our talent development efforts, where she was chair of WINRS in EMEA.

The Lynne Freeman Award is presented annually to anyone in the firm whose contribution best exemplifies these characteristics.

In addition to our own award; WeAreThe City, a leading website for professional women in London, has created a legal award for rising stars in Lynne’s honour.

Greenshaw High School has been part of the Prince’s Trust network since 2012, delivering personal development programmes to students aged 13-16 years old, promoting personal and academic outcomes in addition to studying for their GCSE exams. Four of the students attended a workshop at Reed Smith. They volunteered to plan and produce some ideas in response to a brief we provided for the design of the Lynne Freeman Award for Talent Development.

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