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Inclusion & diversity

Improving the gender balance in our firm across all offices and at all levels of seniority is a top priority.

We continue to devise and implement targeted and tailored strategies that will deliver on our goal of an equality of opportunity, aspiration and experience. We are proud to be a majority women firm but we know we must work to ensure that this is reflected at all levels of our business.


International Women's Day


We are proud to mark International Women's Day as part of our annual campaign as we believe gender parity is good for our people, good for our clients, and a key part of the success of Clifford Chance.

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The Brilliant Breakfast


Our gender parity network Accelerate>>> hosted ‘The Brilliant Breakfast’ across our London and Newcastle offices, an annual fundraising event founded by The Prince's Trust Women Supporting Women Initiative!

With a panel co-chaired by Accelerate>>> trainee representatives, Caroline Smyth and Ella Keating, we heard from Alanna Lee (Managing Director at Morgan Stanley), Jemma Dick (Partner), Sophie Schwass (UK Regional Chief Operating Officer), Midori Takenaka (Senior Associate) and Yuli Adagun (Associate) about their diverse experiences as successful women in male-dominated industries, with the conversation covering themes of confidence, work-life integration, authenticity, successful leadership and wellbeing.

The funds raised help support disadvantaged young women to change their lives for the better, through education, training and meaningful employment. Thanks to all who joined us!.



Come with us to our Accelerate>>> networking event at Museum of Modern Electronic Music in the heart of Frankfurt!

In partnership with our gender parity network Accelerate>>>, our German Innovation & Best Delivery Hub shared insights into our legal tech and tools, such as our collaboration platform Clifford Chance Connect, AI-based web application LUCY and document analysis tool Kira – and how they make our legal advice even more innovative.

Partnering for progress


"The associates of today are the partners of tomorrow, so it’s valuable for both sides to start building the relationships and networks early."

How can mentoring programmes contribute to diversity and inclusion? Bank of America mentors Shamir Malviya and Sarah Chiu discuss this with their mentee, Clifford Chance Singapore Associate Allison Tan.

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Championing health equity


We always try to make a positive, responsible and long-lasting impact through our community social responsibility projects in India and seek to contribute to building a just, fair, sustainable and prosperous society.

One of the key areas of our social responsibility programme is women’s empowerment, so on International Women’s Day, we launched the Menstrual Health Hygiene Project for adults and students at one of NGO Literacy India’s schools in New Delhi.

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Clifford Chance ranks number one overall in survey on the ratio of female employees at law firms in Japan


Clifford Chance has been ranked number one overall in a survey on the ratio of female employees at law firms in Japan.

Conducted by Innovation Platform for Business Legal, the results were announced at the end of 2021 and found that the firm's Tokyo office had a female to male ratio of 38.9% as of January 2021. This figure also represented an increase from last year, when the firm had 35%.

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Our global gender parity group, Accelerate>>>, is committed to taking bold actions to accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity and drive forward an inclusive and diverse culture. It's about all of us contributing to a culture, where everybody has the opportunity to succeed.

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Accelerate>>>'s strategic pillars

  • Institutional Change: Increas​ing representation of women in senior positions and expanding inclusiveness
  • Knowledge: Raising awareness and understanding of Accelerate>>>, its strategy, and the importance of its aims
  • Connections: Networking, sponsorship and role models
  • Visibility: Increasing the visibility of women both internally and externally​

  • Pro Bono: Supporting women and the advancement of women's rights and parity through pro bono work and community outreach projects
  • Action by All: Creating change by engaging everyone across the Clifford Chance network and leveraging all of the firm's expertise, talent and resources

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