Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been identified by UK general counsel as a front runner when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Legal Week polled GCs from major companies asking them to name the law firms that have impressed them most, and BCLP received the second highest number of nominations.

Legal Week reported that BCLP was specifically praised for “work experience, school outreach, sponsorship and mentoring programmes, which one GC described as ‘genuinely collaborative.’ Another GC said its leadership takes gender and diversity ‘very seriously,’ adding that they are ‘actively engaging the GC community on this topic.’ ”

The publication noted that BCLP met its target in 2018 of having a 30 percent female UK-wide partnership, and that 57 percent of the most recently promoted partners were female, with more than one fifth being BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic). Legal Week also highlighted the firm’s commitment to the Mansfield Rule, which requires that female lawyers, lawyers of color and LGBTQ lawyers represent at least 30 percent of the candidate pool for significant firm leadership roles.

“Every day, we strive to create a firm where diverse individuals want to work and where they can thrive,” said BCLP Co-Chair Lisa Mayhew. “We are steadfast in our commitment to increase diversity and improve retention at every level of the firm and have put in place initiatives that execute on our goal. We are pleased that general counsel feel as we do, and that they value our efforts.”

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