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Global law firms Cooley and Clifford Chance have for the first time included fertility benefits within their UK staff benefit packages, which will now include egg freezing and in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
US law firm Cooley introduced the benefits in the UK after successfully deploying them for US staff.
London-based magic circle law firm Clifford Chance meanwhile has extended its health insurance to cover fertility treatments and investigations up to a value of £15,000.
The move follows its decision to offer advice on menopause, fertility, and parenthood through the healthcare app Peppy, which the firm signed up in March to support staff for its menopause service.
It then noted a high take-up of the fertility advice service, which prompted a review of the scheme. Managing partner Michael Bates explained: “We have learnt since launching Peppy for our UK employees in March this year that there has been significant interest in the fertility strand of the platform.
“As a part of our Inclusion strategy to Change the Lived Experience of our colleagues, we are committed to strengthening our support during challenging life transitions and I'm pleased to confirm that we have enhanced our private medical scheme to now inclu