How can we make sure everyone has a fair chance to succeed, no matter their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability or social mobility?
Just 2 per cent of all UK lawyers are Black, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Join Excello Law CEO George Bisnought for this engaging webinar in which he will discuss with a panel of experts how the profession is working to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. Why are firms failing to shift the diversity dial, what more can be done?
Join this speaker panel as they share creative approaches to making law firms more inclusive as well as personal stories that will inspire change. The discussion will help lawyers, regardless of their background, race or gender, to advance their careers in the world of law. This session will help lawyers gain valuable insights and contribute to a more diverse and accessible legal profession.
George Bisnought, CEO, Excello Law
George Bisnought is the founder and managing director of Excello Law, a leading consultancy-model law firm. He qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and since that time, has worked extensively in the regions and the city within both industry and for law firms. George also holds a number of directorships mainly for companies in the software industry. In 2023 George set up the Pearlford Foundation to improve accessibility to the legal profession through mentorship and bursaries.
Joanne Losty, Director of Operations and Recruitment, Excello Law
Joanne Losty is an experienced commercial litigator solicitor with a background practising within in the City and large regional firms. After a five-year break following the birth of her second child, she faced challenges returning to work and eventually founded her own commercial law firm. In 2009, she was at the forefront of the transition to the consultancy legal model, joining Excello Law, where she swiftly ascended to the role of Director of Recruitment by 2011 and more recently as COO. Jo is a staunch advocate for women in the workplace. Her experiences as a mother navigating the barriers she faced within the legal profession has led her to advocate for alternative business models that support and empower women to break the glass ceiling.
Daniel Winterfeldt MBE KC (Hon), Managing Director & General Counsel for EMEA and Asia, Jefferies
Daniel Winterfeldt is the General Counsel for EMEA and Asia at Jefferies. He is a senior corporate and securities lawyer with over 24 years of experience in London and New York. Daniel founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London in 2006 to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks, and intermediaries. In 2008, Daniel founded the InterLaw Diversity Forum to promote meritocracy and inclusion for all diverse, under-represented, and socially disadvantaged groups in the legal sector. The InterLaw Diversity Forum currently has more than 9,000 members and supporters from 300 law firms and chambers, and from 500 corporates and financial institutions.
In 2020 Daniel was appointed Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa (Honorary QC) for his contributions to capital markets in England & Wales through the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London and for his contributions to diversity, inclusion, and culture in the legal sector through the InterLaw Diversity Forum; and was named an MBE for “Services to Capital Markets, to Equality and to Diversity in the Legal Profession”.
Sharon Thomas, Director, Black Counsel Forum
Jessica Boak, Deputy News Editor, The Lawyer
Jessica Boak is the Deputy News Editor at The Lawyer, having joined in June 2022. When not assisting with the production of The Lawyer’s news coverage, Jess covers developments within the legal market in the north of England and is primarily interested in ESG, energy and infrastructure.
Sharon Thomas, Founder, Black Counsel Forum
Ranjit Sond, President, Society of Asian Lawyers