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Inclusion & diversity

To be the global law firm of choice we believe the rich variety of ethnicity, culture and heritage across the globe needs to be reflected in our firm.

We believe that inclusion and diversity are core values. We see these issues as a matter of fairness and justice and therefore as a core value of both Clifford Chance and the law. We know that the best teams are diverse and inclusive, and that people flourish in an environment where they are supported in expanding their careers.

Our current and future success is dependent upon us continuing to build and nurture deeper roots in the communities in which we operate which means diversity is also an economic imperative for Clifford Chance. A diversity of life experiences, cultures, backgrounds and histories allows us to build better teams which can provide the most innovative advice and solutions for our clients. It is the richness of our different cultures and histories that walk through the doors of our offices, on every continent every day, that is the essential ingredient to our global success.  

Six law firms collaborate to support launch of the Black Equity Organisation, the UK’s new national Black British civil rights organisation

UK

We've collaborated with five law firms to assist with the development and launch of the Black Equity Organisation (BEO), a new national and independent civil rights group created to advance justice and equity for Black people in Britain.

Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, Executive Leadership Group Member and Global Partner for Talent at Clifford Chance said: "The BEO vision and plan to advance equity for Black communities in the UK is as necessary and urgent as it is compelling. Commercial law firms have the ability and resource to help highlight under resourced and underrepresented social matters, and we are glad to be able to be part of supporting such a pioneering organisation that will directly work towards tackling processes that encourage, perpetuate or permit systemic racial injustice."

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Expanding our Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage network

Continental Europe

Expanding our racial equality network across Continental Europe reaffirms our commitment to creating a firm that’s more reflective of the society in which we operate.

Partner and Chair of our Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage (REACH) network in Continental Europe Mustapha Mourahib discusses the importance of the network in the region and how clients can get involved in our 2021 Inclusion Report.

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In conversation with...

UK

Recently the firm's UK REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) network held a panel event joined by Ellaine Gelman, Senior Legal Counsel at Global, as well as Clifford Chance's own Chief Operating Officer Caroline Firstbrook and Partner Olamide Oladosu. The focus for the panel was…

  • Their journey to their roles and their careers so far
  • Building effective relationships with clients
  • The power of having a diverse network
  • Networking in a hybrid world, and practical hints and tips for expanding your network

Huge thanks to the panellists for their amazing insights and to our hosts, Haafiz Suleman (Senior Associate, L&DR) and Hephzibah Adeosun (Associate, Corporate), for chairing the session!

Dicta: Legal Poetry by Harbani Ahuja

Americas

We have sponsored Dicta, an interactive virtual poetry project presented by our global pro bono partner ICAAD.

In this powerful series exploring the rights of Black people, Harbani Ahuja, ICAAD’s inaugural artist in residence uses Dicta, the additional commentary by judges from Supreme Court case decisions to create poetic pieces that highlight broad social justice themes from the lens of a public interest advocate and woman of colour.

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Advancing networking with bubbles

UK

We're committed to asking ourselves how we change our behaviour to be more inclusive.

In our 2021 Inclusion Report, Associates Deon Fang and Golshan Mahdi-Nau, and Assistant Practice Area Manager Maxine Purcell talk through the launch of our UK Bubbles initiative, which supports the career development and growth of our ethnic minority colleagues. 

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A plan for reconciliation

Australia

Associate Tegan Kelly is a Torres Strait Islander woman in our Sydney office and Chair of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group, which devised and now administers the firm’s plan for reconciliation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. 

Tegan discusses the progress of the group so far and what it means for our Australian colleagues in our 2021 Inclusion Report.

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REACH

Across our global network we have a range of committees focusing on ethnicity, culture, race and heritage that reflect the wide variety of people who make up our firm. These include the REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) network; and the Black and Latino Committee, and the Asian and Pacific Islanders Committee in the US.

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Becoming ambassadors for change

Inclusion is for all of us. If it isn’t then it isn’t inclusion at all.

Our 2021 Inclusion Report celebrates some of the amazing people in our firm who have been demonstrating their values through campaigning for inclusion.

Enjoy reading their stories.

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Our commitments

Mapping our objectives

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Our insights

The latest points of view from our people on our responsible business activities

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