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Gender

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 female firm but we know we must work to ensure that this is reflected at all levels of our business.

Pro bono work supporting women's rights

A spotlight series on a selection of gender-focused Clifford Chance pro bono work.

Covid-19 crisis - supporting London Black Women's Project

The Covid-19 crisis and ongoing lockdown has disproportionately negative consequences for survivors of abuse, and one of our long standing pro bono partners London Black Women's Project (LBWP) has seen this with the women they seek to support. Many of these women are now faced with having to follow government guidelines to isolate, while living with their abusers. At the same time, these women have less access to community support and support services offered by LBWP, and other similar organisations. We are pleased to announce that we will be providing LBWP with a £30,000 grant.

The grant will help to ensure that LBWP can remain above water and continue to support women in need, to the extent possible, during the current crisis, whilst the need for their services is greater than ever. Additionally, and crucially, it will help to ensure that LBWP remains a sustainable organisation, capable of providing its vital services, once the lockdown measures are lifted.

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Refugee charities

Led by Anna Simpson, Clifford Chance is working with refugee charities in producing ‘topic guides’ relating to gender persecution in five countries. The guides are being drafted by a team of trainees, led by Anna Simpson. Refugee charities will use them when assisting women fleeing persecution who are seeking asylum in the UK.

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Housing representation

M.J. Yoon and Christina Profestas are representing Ms. Broadies Key-Byas, a disabled minority woman who was the target and victim of one of many deed theft scams plaguing gentrifying neighbourhoods in New York City.

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TrackGBV

Emily Goddard and Sam Harris are tackling gender-based violence in the Pacific Islands as part of the 'TrackGBV' programme, in partnership with the international Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD).

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Highlights

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

Women in Law Pledge

United Kingdom

Clifford Chance has signed up to the Law Society's Women in Law Pledge. Launched in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the pledge has been created to bring gender equality to the forefront of the conversation in the legal profession.

Clifford Chance elects 26 new partners

Global

Together the new partners specialise across a range of our leading practice and product areas that are critical to our clients, including financial restructuring, regulatory and internal investigations, combined with deep sector expertise in areas such as infrastructure, real estate, and financial investors. 35% of the new cohort are women.

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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.

Code First Girls Hack From Home hackathon

United Kingdom

A lot has changed in a short space of time, and the world is having to adapt fast to comply with health and safety regulations. Code First Girls, which trains women in IT skills and helps companies to develop more female‑friendly recruitment policies, started creating tools to assist people in their new-found day-to-day routines and recently hosted a virtual Hack From Home hackathon.

Clifford Chance sponsored the virtual event with IGNITE trainee Alice Knowles presenting on tech trends and the law.

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Global Digital Network

Germany

Our offices in Germany have a partnership with the organisation Global Digital Women, which is a network of female digital pioneers. Their main goal is to make the world more digital and more diverse. In February, we ran a networking event in association with the group.

International Women's Day

To coincide with International Women's Day 2020, we pledged our support for the #EachforEqual campaign. From client breakfasts, panel events to book launches, here is how we celebrated the day.

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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

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

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.

Sistah Space have now been granted a new licence to occupy the premises that they had been previously evicted from Mare Street. This licence enables the charity to continue to carry out its essential work in the community whilst having the headspace to find a permanent premises for its long-term sustainability.

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