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LGBT+

Inclusion & diversity

Clifford Chance's goal is to be the global law firm of choice for LGBT+ people and for LGBT+ causes.

We have developed a global program of initiatives designed to help deliver greater equality for LGBT+ people in our firm, build the capacity of our clients to be stronger supporters of equality, and drive real change across the world. Across the world, being an LGBT+ person all too often means you are faced with legal discrimination and persecution. Working with partners in civil society and across the world of business, we are building partnerships and taking strategic action to help dismantle such laws, whilst at the same time we work constantly to change cultural attitudes that allow such laws to exist.

From Poland to Singapore, London to Brazil, we are working in courtrooms and communities to make sure no one ever feels that they will face a life of marginalisation simply because of who they are and who they fall in love with.

Highlights

Virtual Pride

The Clifford Chance Pride Art show, created in collaboration with Arcus, the firm's global affinity network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies, have been organised in various of our offices since 2007 in demonstration of our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment for our colleagues and the wider LGBT+ community.

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Clifford Chance ranked the top law firm in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers 2022

UK

Clifford Chance climbed from 19th to 3rd place in this year's Stonewall Top 100 Employers List – the highest ranked law firm in the list, which celebrates the pioneering efforts and commitments of leading organisations to LGBT+ workplace inclusion.

The firm has also been awarded a Gold Award for commitment to LGBT+ inclusion at work and its affinity network, Arcus, has received the Highly Commended Network Group Award, which is given to the organisations with the highest scores in the Network Activity section of the Index.

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Building Bridges

Global

We were delighted to come together with J.P. Morgan to host "Building Bridges", an LGBT+ ally training virtual webinar. With word clouds, small group activities and a range of hypothetical scenarios to ponder, colleagues from APAC, Europe and the UK were thoroughly engaged during this insightful session.

Thank you to our hosts, Eddy Chan, Stephanie Tong and Tiernan Brady.

Australia offices awarded Gold Status at the Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards

Australia

​The firm's Australia offices have been awarded Gold Status at the Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards​ (AWEI) for LGBT+ workplace inclusion and diversity.

The awards are independently audited and recognise Australia's top organisations for LGBT+ workplace inclusion and diversity.

The Australia team has worked tirelessly to improve LGBT+ diversity and inclusion and generate change in our offices.

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Pro bono highlights

Clifford Chance advises the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre as it opens its first community space

UK

Clifford Chance has provided wide-ranging pro bono support to the new London LGBTQ+ Community Centre in Blackfriars, Central London. The Centre provides a safe, inclusive, sober, intergenerational, and intersectional space for the LGBTQ+ community. The London LGBTQ+ Community Centre aims to provide a supportive and welcoming space for London's LGBTQ+ population, which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With nearly 60% of LGBTQ+ venues in London closing in the last decade, LGBTQ+ people being more at risk of poor mental health, 24% of homeless young people identifying as LGBTQ+, and with hate crimes related to sexual orientation and gender identity increasing year on year since 2015, the need for a space like this has never been greater.

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Clifford Chance leads LGBT groups to victory in Poland

Poland

Our Warsaw team have won a legal victory in Poland on behalf of LGBT groups, successfully bringing a motion to a Polish court which ordered the conservative newspaper Gazeta Polska to halt the distribution of "LGBT-free zone" stickers.

Partner Marcin Cieminski and Advocate Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram led the pro bono team in the case, with the support from Advocate Monika Kozieł and Counsel Michał Drwal. Clifford Chance Warsaw is cooperating in this matter with Advocate Michał Wawrykiewicz.

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Clifford Chance acts in judicial review proceedings related to X Passports

UK

In July 2021, the Supreme Court heard judicial review proceedings on X Passports brought by Clifford Chance on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane.

Clifford Chance and Blackstone Chambers, acting pro bono on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane, launched judicial review proceedings in 2017 challenging the lawfulness of the UK Government's passport policy. That policy requires that either an "M" or an "F" gender marker appear on every UK passport and does not allow for a non-gender specific marker, notwithstanding that non-gender specific passports ("X passports") are permitted by the relevant international standards and are available in a number of countries worldwide.

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Arcus

Arcus is our global inclusive employee network open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Intersex, Queer people and their Allies​​​. Arcus aims to encourage an inclusive and integrated culture within Clifford Chance that gives colleagues the choice to be open and out.

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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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