Encouraging diversity in the legal sector

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14 May 2009

The InterLaw Diversity Forum is holding its first event in the South West and South Wales for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the legal community.

Along with Beachcroft we will co-host the InterLaw Diversity Forum in the South West and South Wales to encourage diversity in the workplace and to foster client relationships in the LGBT Legal Community. The evening will include presentations from a number of speakers, networking drinks and canapés. The keynote speaker will be Daniel Winterfeldt, InterLaw's founder.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum is an inter-organisational forum created in 2008 for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) networks in law firms and all personnel (lawyers and non-lawyers) of the legal sector including in-house counsel.

In its brief history, the InterLaw Diversity Forum has already been recognized as a driving force for the LGBT Legal Community. At the end of 2008 it had over 400 members from more than 60 law firms and 35 corporates and financial institutions. The InterLaw Diversity Forum was recognised in 2008 by being ranked first for Diversity by the FT Innovative Lawyers Report, as well as ‘’Highly Commended’’ at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards.

Burges Salmon Director of HR, David Shufflebotham, said:

"Beachcroft and Burges Salmon are delighted to be co-hosting this event which we hope will help establish a thriving LGBT group. Both of our firms are committed to encouraging diversity in the workplace and fostering client relationships in the LGBT legal community within the region."

The InterLaw website can be found at http://www.InterLaw.org.uk/.

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