Law firm floats – waving or drowning?

Since the flotation of Gateley in May 2015, a range of law firms have floated on the stock market or considered doing so. The largest of these was Mishcon de Reya, which abandoned its proposed main listing float in June 2022 “for the foreseeable future due to market conditions”. The entry into administration of Ince […]

Has diversity hit a dead-end?

In June this year, two key decisions on each side of the Atlantic sparked debates about the future of diversity initiatives in the workplace. The US Supreme Court ruled that positive affirmative action in relation to race in college admission programmes is unlawful (Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, No. […]

My Pride Story: My hidden story

There is a rather big word that our friends in the Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) teams have in their lexicon which is “intersectionality”. I am not sure anyone really understands what it means. Is it about gender, sexuality, race, religion, social class and/or disabilities?  It is supposed to acknowledge all the differences between us which […]

Matthew Layton Clifford Chance

Ex-CC chief Matthew Layton: Why we must do more on disability

Despite the Disabilities Discrimination Act being around for over 25 years, disability is one of the ‘last taboos’ which needs to be tackled for true inclusivity in the legal sector. Former global managing partner at Clifford Chance Matthew Layton became an advocate for disability inclusion in the legal sector in the latter part of his […]

Gemma Rowland, Osborne Clarke

My Pride Story: I had to hide who I was on a daily basis

Yesterday, I dared to struggle… When I was 14, I started to question my sexuality and actively explore what this meant. At the time, I attended a middle class, conservative school where the majority of the teachers and pupils looked and spoke the same. I had no visible LGBTQ+ role models, or anyone I could […]

My Pride Story: How do we overcome unconscious bias?

Why is Pride month important? Its value is not so much about celebration in my view, but creating a point in time to remind everyone why we are discussing these issues. The truth is that, whatever we might think from the comfort of Western Europe, freedom to identify openly in the workplace as LGBTQ+ is […]

My Pride Story: From drag to City law

The invitation to share some reflections on Pride Month has caused me to reflect more deeply on my relationship to “pride” in a work environment than I have done, consciously at least, before. The centring of “pride” by the Gay Liberation Front in the UK and US, and other gay liberation groups across the world, […]