On 13 June, we were honoured at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019, where Sorainen was recognised as the top employer for women lawyers in the Baltics for the third year in a row.

At the award ceremony in London, Sorainen was represented by partner Ieva Andersone, who joined the firm’s partnership at the beginning of 2019. Comments Ieva: “Gender equality has always been part of my personal value system, so I am very happy to see that topics of work-life balance and flexible working approach are under active discussion and are also implemented in our firm’s procedures. We have a set of activities that support colleagues returning from parental leave – from part-time work arrangements to an environment allowing children being brought to work and family events. That way we can ensure that our clients are advised by happy and enthusiastic lawyers of different genders, nationalities and age groups.”

Supporting diversity by responding to individual needs

We believe that diversity breeds success, so it is essential to respond to the individual needs of our team members. With that in mind, we are continuously developing and implementing solutions such as flexible work arrangements and alternative career path options.

Five of our lawyers (4 female and 1 male) are currently working remotely from Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris. Several people in recent years decided to take advantage of our temporary time-off arrangements, spending up to a year with their families or on their personal projects. Additionally, we recently introduced an alternative career path option for lawyers wishing to shift their focus from client projects to supporting colleagues with their practical working know-how and in the field of knowledge management.

About the award

The European Women in Business Law Awards recognise and celebrate companies with the best initiatives for gender diversity, innovation, minority women, mentoring, work-life balance, pro bono work and talent management, as well as recognising distinguished women lawyers in business law. The award was established by the Euromoney Legal Media Group, comprising a wide range of legal publications including Managing Intellectual PropertyInternational Financial Law ReviewIFLR1000International Tax ReviewExpert Guides and Benchmark Litigation.