Kathryn Ludlow appointed Linklaters Global CR Partner

Dispute Resolution partner Kathryn Ludlow has been appointed Chair of Linklaters’ Corporate Responsibility (CR) Committee. Kathryn, who is based in London, has held the position of Linklaters’ Global Pro Bono partner since 2009. Corporate partner Owen Clay, a champion for the firm’s work with The Prince’s Trust, replaces her in this role.

Commenting on her appointment, Robert Elliott, Linklaters chairman and Senior Partner, said:

“Kathryn is ideally suited to the position of CR partner. Her years leading the firm’s pro bono work have seen Linklaters involved in outstanding and innovative work for highly deserving causes around the globe.”

Kathryn succeeds Corporate partner Tom Shropshire as Chair of Linklaters’ Corporate Responsibility Committee. Robert continued:

“Tom has proven a major force in transforming the firm’s CR strategic direction. Collective Responsibility is now truly embedded in all we do at Linklaters, where every one of the firm’s 5,000 employees is encouraged to see CR as part of their everyday responsibility. He leaves the CR remit in excellent shape.”

Collective responsibility at Linklaters, an approach launched in January 2013, recognises that CR involves much more than volunteering. It identifies four roles through which people's responsibilities may be defined - Trusted Advisor, Valued Colleague, Engaged Professional and Good Neighbour - and encourages people to consider how they address the responsibilities in each. Acting as a Trusted Advisor is the cornerstone of this approach, as the advice Linklaters’ lawyers give impacts not only business, the markets and communities but also influences the environment in which the firm operates.

Recent examples of the approach are the creation of the Retail Charity Bond platform, which has enabled charities such as Mencap to raise funds from retail investors; Linklaters achieving the National Equality Standard, a UK benchmark for equality, diversity and inclusion; joining the United Nations Global Compact, a public commitment to responsible business; providing Pro Bono work for institutions such as the Justice Centre (Hong Kong), which provides legal assistance for those seeking asylum and other forms of protection, and for Lawyers Without Borders, with whom Linklaters lawyers has compiled an indexed digest of the entire jurisprudence of Liberia. Over the past year, Linklaters lawyers have contributed 34,766 volunteering hours globally.