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Law firm diversity—why does this matter to general counsels?

Law firm diversity—why does this matter to general counsels?
Published on: 07 March 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Law firm diversity—why does this matter to general counsels?
  • There’s been a lot of publicity recently around GCs in the US demanding greater diversity from their panel law firms—what has prompted this?
  • Why does diversity and inclusion within panel firms matter to GCs?
  • How might a GC go about setting, and then communicating, minimum diversity requirements for its panel firms?
  • What sort of diversity targets or requirements could GCs consider putting in place?
  • How can a GC assess a potential or existing panel firm’s approach to diversity and inclusion/workforce diversity? How can progress be measured?
  • How are law firms responding to the growing demands from their corporate clients to demonstrate greater diversity?
  • Any other thoughts on this issue?

Article summary

In-house analysis: A group of US-based general counsels (GCs) has warned external law firms that they will use their buying power to demand improved diversity and inclusion. James Hanlon, general counsel of IKEA USA and former head of legal and governance for IKEA in the UK and Ireland, says GCs can and should play a huge part in leading change in the legal profession. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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