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Clifford Chance achieves Mansfield Rule certification in US and UK

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has achieved Mansfield Rule certification in the United States for the sixth year running, and in the United Kingdom with an inaugural group of law firms.

The Mansfield Rule is a 12-month certification process that measures whether law firms have considered at least 30% women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Continued certification has been instrumental in helping the firm deliver its inclusion strategy of Change the Rules, Change the Culture, Change the Lived Experience.

In the US the firm received 5.0 status and is participating in the 6.0 process. There are more than 160 firms participating and the firm was one of the programme's first participants in 2017 when it began.

Evan Cohen, Regional Managing Partner for the Americas said, “As a pioneering firm for the inaugural Mansfield program in 2017, we continue to see the cumulative benefits in the firm – our participation has certainly led to an increase in the percentage of associates, partners and Business Professionals we’ve hired from historically underrepresented groups since we became involved, including lateral hires.” 

In the UK the firm achieved Mansfield plus status as one of the original 12 law firms participating. While the Mansfield Rule UK was established last year to focus on the progress of diversity of lawyers, the firm has also decided to implement the same criteria across all roles in the UK, including Business Professionals.

Michael Bates, Regional Managing Partner for the UK said, "Part of the firm's strategy is to change the rules, and through Mansfield we are identifying areas where we can do just that. It is supporting our work to increase representation across Clifford Chance, and this undoubtedly will benefit us and our clients, through diversity of thought and advice."

Sarah Twite, Senior Wellbeing Manager who led Mansfield Certification for the UK added, "Key for us was the clarity of communication around what we're trying to achieve. The 30% diverse rule is memorable, impactful and clear. It has enhanced our approach and focus on how we are progressing against our targets."

Read more about our Mansfield Rule commitments in our 2022 Responsible Business Report.