At Clifford Chance we see inclusion as a core value of the firm and also of the law.
We understand that diversity and inclusion are good for our staff and their families, our firm and our clients, and society. We believe that to help achieve these values we have to be champions of, and campaigners for them across our firm, with our clients, and in the world.
Our inclusion & diversity strategy
In our firm
Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm.
We recognise that a true diversity of talent and experience is an essential ingredient in our success. To be the global law firm of choice in this area we need to be the leaders in this area.
With our clients
Our combined expertise around risk, employment, change strategy and pro bono provides our clients with world class strategic advice on inclusion.
Global Director of Inclusion Tiernan Brady on our inclusion & diversity strategy
Global Director of Inclusion Tiernan Brady discusses why permanent campaigning is at the heart of our inclusion & diversity strategy.
Committing to global and regional gender, ethnicity and LGBT+ targets
In 2020, Clifford Chance launched new and ambitious global and regional targets for gender, LGBT+ and ethnicity inclusion.
With the firm increasing its focus on its global inclusion strategy - change the rules, change the culture and change the lived experience - new regional targets were introduced to ensure greater ambition, progress and accountability are embedded across the firm's global network.
Deepening connections with clients through reverse mentoring
As part of a new joint venture with clients of Clifford Chance, Expatriate & Employment Taxes Senior Manager Kalela Mwenya is a reverse mentor on the topic of ethnicity to Victoria Jones, Head of EMEA Sales & Trading Compliance at Morgan Stanley.
"What I find particularly effective about this partnership are the similarities we enjoy in our approaches – namely being very action-oriented – so the time we spend together feels well invested. We both want to help make a difference at our organisations and more broadly."
Expanding participation in Mansfield Rule certification process
The Mansfield Rule is a 12-month certification process that measures whether law firms have considered at least 30% women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
The Mansfield Rule provides focus and clear measurement data on our approaches to improving the diversity of associate talent, partner promotions and lateral hiring.