Member focus: Clifford Chance

Member Focus / 01 July 2022

Clifford Chance hosted a speed mentoring evening at their Canary Wharf HQ for our members in July 2022 and have produced the above video to cover the event and explain their ethos on D&I.

Clifford Chance also launched their annual inclusion report in February. The report sets out a series of inclusion initiatives within Clifford Chance, with their clients and in the world. It presents these through a focus on the people across their firm who have been championing and delivering inclusion. Clifford Chance's aim for the report is that people find it to be an inspiring storybook of potential ideas on how individuals, teams and companies can make inclusion a reality. The stories include client mentoring schemes, pro bono work across the globe, the new ethnicity focussed "bubble" programme, expanding disability equality networks and much more.

The theme of the report is "Becoming Ambassadors for Change". Launching the report, Matthew Layton, Global Managing Partner of Clifford Chance, reflected on how important inclusion is to the firm and society: "Inclusion is both a core value and a business imperative. In pursuit of our Vision at Clifford Chance to be the Global Law Firm of Choice, it has been a priority for me to see inclusion embedded at the heart of every aspect of our business and every decision we make. Over these years inclusion has moved from being something we did alongside our work to something that lies at the heart of how we work and engage with each other. That shift has been transformative and is crucial to our future success."

The key theme of the report is the importance of being visible and active ambassadors for inclusion. Tiernan Brady, Clifford Chance Global Director of Inclusion, said: "Each of us are campaigners for our values every day in how we engage with others and the example we set. If we only silently support inclusion in our head then it is a secret that no one else knows and brings about no positive change. You cannot expect people to presume you have a set of values when life outside our offices has taught people to presume the opposite may be true. Each of us must demonstrate these values because no one is a better ambassador for your values than you."

You can read the inclusion report here and read more on their client inclusion work here