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George Floyd’s death in the United States sparked a global movement and brought renewed focus to the systemic inequalities that continue to be experienced by members of the Black community. When perspective shifts, action should follow. That action starts with listening, learning and reflection, and then moves to more concrete steps to drive change and a sustained focus on accountability.
We have a lack of Black racial diversity in our firm and are committed to doing better. We aim to create an inclusive culture in which everyone – regardless of background, identity and circumstance – can reach their full potential.
A year ago, we pledged to improve representation of Black and underrepresented minority ethnic lawyers and Business Team members at all levels in our firm. Our 2020 Race Action Plan set out how we planned to accomplish this and the concrete actions we wanted to take, aligned to aspirational targets.
Paul Lewis, Firmwide Managing Partner
“While we are pleased to have met and exceeded our annual targets for recruitment and partnership elections, our numbers tell us that we need to do more to support the retention of Black and minority ethnic talent. This will be our focus in Year 2 of our Race Action Plan.”
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Watch US Associate, Ellen Gong, discuss her work with the ACLU to challenge racist policing
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