HSF names first global workforce strategy director

12 May 2022 By Jerome Doraisamy
Helen Hopkin

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed its first-ever director of global workforce strategy and implementation.

Helen Hopkin (pictured) joins the firm from PwC, where she served for more than 20 years, including six years delivering PwC’s workforce of the future strategy.


In the newly created role, the firm said, Ms Hopkin will focus on developing a clear workforce strategy that meets the firm’s current and future needs on a global level “and ensures that the firm has the best talent, skills and mix of people that are fundamental to its further growth and success”.

Speaking about the appointment, HSF chief human resources officer Helen Anthony said: “How we live and work continues to shift in ways that we would never have predicted two years ago. Like most organisations, this is set against a backdrop of a highly competitive talent market and unprecedented external disruption and uncertainty.


“Our people and their skills will always be our most important asset; they ensure we can provide the highest level of service to our clients. Having a committed workforce strategy is central to our ability to continue meeting our clients’ needs.

“Helen’s appointment means that we now have a dedicated HR professional solely focused on building and implementing a workforce strategy, enabling us to become even stronger and fitter for the future. It firmly aligns with our Ambition 2025 strategy and marks a key investment in our people and culture goal. Helen brings a wealth of experience and I am pleased to welcome her to the firm.

Ms Hopkin added: “I am honoured and excited to be working with such a talented HR team at Herbert Smith Freehills. I look forward to sharing my experience and insights to help the firm’s leadership and senior management team build a workforce strategy that ensures the continued success and growth of the firm.”

Ms Hopkin will be based in the HSF London office. 

HSF names first global workforce strategy director
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