A third of the lawyers that made it on to last week’s top 100 LGBT business leaders list were in prominent in-house legal roles.
The list produced by LGBT professional network OUTstanding featured BT general counsel Dan Fitz at number 12, the highest ranking of the in-house contingent.
Fitz was one of the in-house lawyers consulted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer when it launched its Champions network supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues last month.
He was joined on the OUTstanding list by Matthew Flood, general counsel for Balfour Beatty’s services division, Patrick Rowe, deputy general counsel for Accenture, JP Morgan associate general counsel Tim Hailes, and Pierre Landy, Emea deputy general counsel at Yahoo!
Hailes has long been at the forefront of campaigning for LGBT equality in business, notably when in 2007 JP Morgan summoned key relationship partners from its panel firms to a meeting with a view to bring their policies on lesbian and gay employees into line with the bank’s own policy.
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