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CMS Cameron McKenna is set for a diversity facelift following the appointment of Daniel Winterfeldt as diversity and inclusion partner.
Winterfeldt, who joined the firm earlier this month from Simmons & Simmons to lead its international capital markets group, founded LGBT network InterLaw in 2008 and played a key role in driving diversity policy at his old firm.
Camerons will launch a diversity and inclusion forum next month, along with its first internal LGBT network.
The firm has also signed up to leading LGB charity Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
Winterfeldt said the overhaul was aimed at formalising and centralising many of the schemes and initiatives that are already in place informally at the firm.
“I’ve had incredible feedback about the culture of the firm already,” he said. “The fact that the networks that exist have come from the grass roots is a great sign.”
The firm operates internal networks for Christians, parents and women. These are now expected to be brought under the auspices of the broader diversity forum.
“The policies are in the right place,” said Winterfeldt. “This is about looking at working with groups like Stonewall and bringing us into line with best practice.”
The forum will include Winterfeldt, CSR head Robert Powell, HR head Sarah Spillan and several senior partners.
Winterfeldt expects a representative from Integreon to sit on the forum after Camerons signed an agreement that will see the majority of its support functions transfer to the outsourcing specialist.