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This year, Justin championed the introduction of a market-leading shared parental leave policy which is available to the firm’s employees across its nine Asia offices, supporting all parents, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or other circumstances. The policy creates a ground-breaking “sharing” arrangement that allows working parents to organise their families as they see fit rather than being cast in typical “maternity” and “paternity” gender roles. Justin is also focused on breaking down barriers that prevent women from reaching the highest levels, advocating for the introduction of gender targets in the firm, resulting in 33% women in the Asia partnership. He was instrumental in the introduction of new, stretch global targets in May 2019, stating that women will comprise 35% of the global partnership and partner leadership roles by 2023. Justin is also a personal sponsor and mentor to numerous high-performing women across the firm, and Executive Sponsor of the firm’s IRIS (LGBT+) Network, and led the development of the firm’s Asia Multicultural Network in 2018. Beyond Herbert Smith Freehills, Justin is a member of the 30% Club HK as well as BritCham’s HK Women in Business Committee, through which he acts as a vocal ally and champion of gender equity across Hong Kong.

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