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Allen and Overy are one of the world’s top law firms and they are bumping up their offer to new dads from two to 12 weeks off.
International law firm Allen and Overy have become the latest City behemoth to up their paternity leave offer.
From March 1 dads at the company will get 12 weeks of paid paternity leave.
Previously the firm only offered the statutory fortnight off.
The increased paternity leave is one of a number of new HR policies. The company has updated its Shared Parental Leave (SPL) policy. Returners from SPL can now phase the return to work over eight weeks. And adoption leave and time off for parents whose babies are born premature is included.
Global HR director Sasha Hardman comments: “The face of family life is changing so we have listened to what’s important to our people to make sure we’re keeping pace with change. We want to make it clear that you can have a family and build a successful career at A&O. There is more support, flexibility and encouragement to do this than ever.”
Allen and Overy employs over 500 people. It has offices in 40 countries. The increased paternity leave is being applied to employees in the United Arab Emirates too.