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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.

#ChoosetoChallenge for International Women's Day 2021

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, Clifford Chance offices joined together to pledge our support for the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, which informs us that "a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change". How do we challenge each other and ourselves to: change the rules, change the culture, change the lived experience, in line with our global inclusion strategy. Let's all choose to challenge, while celebrating women and campaigning for gender equality throughout the month of March.

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Highlights

From client breakfasts, virtual events to book launches, here's how we're promoting gender equality at Clifford Chance.

Clifford Chance renews global partnership with The Women's Forum for the Economy & Society

Global

The Women's Forum for the Economy & Society (WEFCOS), a leading platform featuring women’s voices, views and values on major social and economic issues.

The partnership, which was first signed in November 2019, underscores the firm's commitment to showcasing the talent and creativity of women while fostering international cooperation.

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Clifford Chance increases efforts to eliminate gendered language in legal drafting internationally

Global

The language we use is a powerful way of demonstrating our affirmative actions to develop and nurture a more inclusive culture. As part of our ambitions to be a force for change in our industry, Clifford Chance is undertaking a number of steps to eliminate gendered language in our legal templates – in several jurisdictions. 

Tiernan Brady and Georgina Court explain why gender-neutral drafting in legal documentation has multiple benefits for equality and inclusion in our firm and across the wider industry in this article.

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Clifford Chance advises Sistah Space in relation to eviction by Hackney Council

UK

Our Property Litigation team have acted on behalf of Sistah Space - a charity specialising in providing support for domestic violence survivors from the African and Caribbean communities - to challenge Hackney Council's eviction of Sistah Space from its premises on Mare Street, London. Soon after being notified by the council of its eviction, through Accelerate>>>, our global gender parity group, Sistah Space contacted Clifford Chance to assist it in challenging the council's decision.

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Tackling bullying and harassment in the legal industry

Global

Marianne Pezant, Clifford Chance Partner and member of the Paris Accelerate>>> and Arcus groups and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Advisor at the International Bar Association (IBA), discuss the findings from the ‘Us Too?’ report and why it’s important to reduce the prevalence of bullying and harassment in the legal sector.

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In discussion with... Sandie Okoro

Washington, DC, USA

In honor of Black History Month and the #EachforEqual International Women's Day campaign, our Washington, DC office hosted a panel discussion with two of the legal profession's most inspiring figures, Sandie Okoro and Rhoda Weeks-Brown. Moderated by associate Liz Wangu, Sandie and Rhoda spoke about achieving inclusivity in the workplace, what Black History Month means to them, and shared tips for young and aspiring lawyers aiming to pursue a career in law.

Brand New You

Sydney, Australia

In February, we hosted a breakfast workshop with Emily Kucukalic, Founder & Managing Director, Brand New You, Australia’s number one personal branding agency. Emily is a professional trainer whose workshops are geared at encouraging women to own their presence and position in all aspects of their working and personal lives.

Accelerate>>>

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

50 years of women in the Clifford Chance partnership

This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the firm’s first female partner in London, Rosalind Bax. In partnership with our gender parity group Accelerate>>>, we are looking back and profiling a partner from each decade back to 1971.

Here Asia Pacific Regional Managing Partner Connie Heng is interviewed by Amelia Hirst, a trainee in our Perth office. Together they talk how Connie got into law, the importance of having a good network as a junior lawyer, and more.

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Advice to My Younger Self

Reflections of Succesful Women Lawyers profiles the professional journeys of some of our female partners, associates and alumnae around the world. The purpose of this project is to show younger women entering the legal profession the diversity of pathways to success as a woman in law, and also to share practical learnings and tips.

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