In June Clyde & Co became a signatory of the Mansfield Rule which commits the firm in North America to affirmatively consider at least 30 percent women, lawyers of colour, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
Run by Diversity Lab, the Mansfield Rule aims to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership positions by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. The Rule was inspired by a winning idea at the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon and its core elements and operations are grounded in behavioural science research, including the 30 percent requirement, which researchers have found is the critical mass necessary to disrupt biases.
Peter Hirst, Clyde & Co's Global Senior Partner says: "We are delighted to participate in the Mansfield Rule 4.0. Clyde & Co is committed to leading inclusively within the legal sector and to be held accountable in our talent pipelines because we know that at our firm, the diversity of our people, as well as everyone's inclusion is critical to the global business we operate, the clients we serve and the communities where we live.
"We look forward to building constructive dialogue with the Diversity Lab and their partners to ensure that diversity is increased throughout our firm and the legal sector, not just in the US but beyond."
As one of 117 firm signatories in the United States we are proud to have put our name to an open letter to encourage further participation in the Rule.
You can find out more about Clyde & Co's diversity and inclusion initiatives here.