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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Inclusion & diversity

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

We believe our current and future success is dependent upon us continuing to build and nurture deeper roots in the communities in which we operate.

A call to action for racial equality

#BlackLivesMatter. As a firm strongly committed to justice and equality, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential values that must be protected. It is not enough that we simply say we believe in something, we must take action.

As a first step, we are doubling our funding to the Equal Justice Initiative to support the important work that they do to challenge racial and economic injustice in the United States. We are also actively exploring how to support affected communities through our pro bono work as we recognise that these events are a reality for people across the world.

Read the full message of support from our leadership team below.

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Global Kitchen


Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity celebrates the richness of the world’s cultures and recognises the importance of intercultural exchange.

On of the common cornerstones of all cultures is our food so Clifford Chance invited people from across the firm to talk about and make recipes or favourite dishes from their heritage then share the dishes, along with photos on our internal communications platform.

National Reconciliation Week


This is a very significant event in Australia and is held annually to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

To support National Reconciliation Week we hosted virtual screenings of key Indigenous documentaries exploring the ideas of race, identity and belonging in Australia, and hosted a discussion with a keynote speaker on the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

Diversity podcast series


The Clifford Chance Careers Podcast features experts from around the firm discussing career advice, hot topics and giving unique insights into their personal journeys.

The 'Where Diverse Minds Meet' and 'Celebrating Culture' series touch on subjects such as religion, cultural celebrations and traditions from around the world.


Black History Month

London, UK

Clifford Chance celebrated with two events in our London office hosted by our internal REACH network. The first was an interview with SMADE, creator of Afro Nation Festival and recognised as one of the most successful African entrepreneurs in the UK. He was interviewed by Comedian Kojo Anim from Britain's Got Talent. The second was in aid of World Mental Health Day and we hosted an evening of poetry, performance, and discussion exploring the intersectionality of mental health and ethnicity.

Black History Month

New York, United States

In commemoration of Black History Month Clifford Chance’s Black and Latino subcommitee of the Firm’s Diversity committee is pleased to present an exhibition of works by five artists from the African diaspora. These artist’s practices reveal a diverse range of visual languages and liberating creative practices, articulating some of the ways individual and collective identity is shaped by social, political, historical, geographic, and personal experience. The exhibition makes space for expanded ideas of identity, not as a fixed entity but as a fluid and dynamic expression at the intersection of history and the present. The art will be on show the whole of February in the NY office.

Chinese New Year

London, UK

We celebrated Chinese New Year in the London office with a lion dance, tea tasting and dim sum. The evening was hosted by Jeroen Ouwehand and Paget Dare Bryan, who highlighted some of our China related work in the last year, including advising the Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel on the sale of the business and assets to Jingye Steel and Iron, as well as Hautai Securities' GDR listing under the Shanghai-London Stock Connect scheme.

Diversity networks

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

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