Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Are You Ambitious, Committed, Independent and Adventurous? Join Clyde & Co!

22 October 2018
The Business Community
for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality.

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Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 415 partners, 2200 legal professionals and 3800 staff in 52 offices and associated offices on six continents. The firm specialises in the sectors that move, build and power our connected world and the insurance that underpins it, namely: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade & commodities and insurance. The firm is one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth. They have created an inclusive, open and dynamic environment in which our lawyers enjoy working and can realise their own personal ambitions.
A pioneering heritage and an ambitious outlook
-The Story of Clyde & Co
Our Values
We Are Growing
Clyde & Co has grown for the 20th year in succession last year. Firmwide revenues at the UK-headquartered, multinational law firm rose 9% to £551.3 million in the year to 30 April 2018. Profit at the firm also grew, rising 10%. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) was up 2%. There were 63 new partners (lateral hires and promotions), taking the total to over 400 for the first time.
Why Choose Us
If you join Clyde & Co you will be joining an ambitious firm. Over the past 10 years, we have more than doubled in size to become a global top 60 law firm with a strong and respected international network of 45+ offices across 6 continents.

This growth has been achieved by our enterprising ethos, drive and by our strategic objective: to be the leading international law firm in our key sectors of insurance, transport, energy, infrastructure, and trade & commodities.  Our UK & European offices have been at the heart of the expansion and are hugely significant for Clyde & Co, as they provide a commercial hub for our clients and our work. With 15 offices across the region and a headcount of over 850 lawyers, we are able to provide a full legal offering based on genuine sector expertise.
We have been successful because of our people and their commitment, expertise, and ambition. If, like us, you have an appetite for success and wish to apply please Search our available positions:
Diversity & Inclusion @ Clyde & Co
Achieving a diverse, motivated and inclusive workforce.

At Clyde & Co we view diversity and inclusion as critical to the international nature of our business and have created a working environment where people from different backgrounds can thrive.
The firm wishes to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities and rich cultures in which we live and work. This requires us to promote and share an inclusive culture for all our employees, where everyone feels respected and has the opportunity to contribute to the success of the business. 
We will work to continuously develop diversity and inclusion competencies, awareness and behaviours which must be built into our leadership, management and working practices, and embraced firm-wide. The global Diversity & Inclusion Group comprises partners and senior managers across the firm. This Group oversees the progress being made on issues such as gender diversity in senior roles, cultural diversity and employee wellbeing.
The firm is a signatory to the UK Law Society' s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and globally many of our offices are members of, or engage with, a number of diversity programmes such as Stonewall, Aspiring Solicitors and The 30% Club. Clyde & Co has also recently introduced the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into our graduate recruitment process. The CRS identifies stand out candidates by not only looking at grades, but how those grades compare to a candidate's schooling and background, therefore creating a level playing field and increasing diversity in the legal profession.
  • GECCO - Gender Equality at Clyde & Co
  • ACED - Achieving Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
  • Wellness & Disability
  • Pryde - our LGBT+ network

"I think it is important for others to see that a senior attorney is proud, confident and honest about their orientation and that one can be successful and be out at the same time."
Connect with Our Colleagues
Insight Days
Where: London, Manchester/UK
When: Multiple Dates

Get an insight into Clyde & Co! Whether you’re set on law or you’re still deciding if it’s the career for you, come join us at our London or Manchester offices for an Insight Day.
Insight Days are an excellent way for you to gain real insight into our firm and culture...

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London Presentation Evening
Where: London/UK
When: Nov 14, 2018

Clyde & Co are hosting a presentation evening on  the 14th November 2018 between 6.00– 8.30pm in our London office. This is open to undergraduates and graduates who studied in London. This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet people from across the business...

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Friday, 26 October 2018

World Cup 2022 in Qatar background information

The FIFA Statues of April 2016 (Clause 4) explicitly states that discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion. 
Qatar has controversially been awarded the right to host the 2022 FIFA world Cup. Tens/hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend, and an equally large number are expected to take part in business activities related from construction to tourism as a result of this award.
Not only does homosexual activity in Qatar carry a jail term of up to three years, even mentioning LGBT issues is completely taboo: 
i. When commissioned to undertake a survey of attitudes of Qataris, leading international pollster Ipsos MORI refused to even ask questions relating to LGBT rights 
ii. The International Edition of the New York Times is printed in Doha. Any article even referencing LGBT rights is left blank - 
Gianni Infantino, created the organisation’s first human rights policy, which says that FIFA “is committed to addressing discrimination in all its forms.” Mr. Infantino also agreed to apply the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights across all operations.
This will be the first time in our generation that a country that has laws to punish LGBT activity will host the FIFA World Cup, or a major, global sporting event. This clearly puts LGBT people at a direct risk of improsinment and will have a severe adverse impact on any contractual or business activities.
Qatar is spending $200bn on the World Cup, making it the most expensive FIFA event ever. For reference, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil cost just $15bn, and the 2018 Russia World Cup cost $14bn.
By awarding Qatar the right to host 2022, FIFA has put LGBT businesses and individuals at a severe competitive disadvantage and further contributes to discrimination.
For example, non-LGBT people who will be sent by major companies to Qatar will likely receive promotions, pay rises and other financial incentives etc, that LGBT people will not have access to. This therefore is not only leading to direct discrimination against LGBT business and people, but also will have a knock on effect on the long term, including on LGBT rights in the UK. 

Companies bidding for contracts will need to: 
i. ban their LGBT employees from working on projects in Qatar for their own safety 
ii. force their LGBT employees to hide their identity  
iii. not bid on work, therefore giving a competitive advantage to companies from countries with restrictions on LGBT rights, or a weaker stance on LGBT visibility than the UK, or UK companies that are willing to play fast and loose with their LGBT employees 

It is only a matter of time before a British citizen is detained by the Qatari authorities.
If arrested/jailed, even if the UK government is able to secure a UK citizen's release, which is not clear, their ability to do business across the Middle East will be destroyed. At worse they could spend up to three years in jail.
We call on all UK companies to cease working on FIFA 2022 projects in Qatar until Qatar annuls its anti LGBT laws and guarantees to give all those working on FIFA-related projects all the legal and personal protection needed. We call on UK companies to send nobody, LGBT or straight, to Qatar. Even sending straight people could be considered discrimination under UK law.
We call on Qatar to issue a clear, strong, public reassurance that anyone working on a FIFA project will be legally protected, and their rights as LGBT people will not be violated.
We also call on FIFA to implement its own statues and threaten Qatar with expulsion.
We also call upon the UK government to make urgent appeals to Qatar to guarantee that LGBT people from Britain will be immune from prosecution, and that a public reassurance is received from the Qatari government. 
I think it is key to highlight that this is a disaster waiting to happen. If action isn't taken now we are risking the arrest and detention of a LGBT person.

Monday, 22 October 2018

World Cup 2022 in Qatar what does it means to LGBT rights?

Would you be interested to join me in a discussion on the 5th November at 6:30pm at a central Location? 

Drinks and nibbles will be served. 
The discussion will be centred on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and what does it mean for the LGBT rights there and to us as LGBT business people .
As you may know homosexuality is illegal there, FIFA has asked for assurances that LGBT rights be respected during the World Cup.
It should last about an hour but do please anticipate up to 2 hours of your time.
A statement will be made at the end of the discussion.
Please reply by email if you are interested to join me on the 5th November and I will give you details of the location, although space will limit the attendance.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Jean-François Dor
Gay Professional Network

Thank you for coming out for Trans Equality

Hi Jean-Francois,
We’re writing to say thank you for all your brilliant support.  
The Gender Recognition Act consultation closed today. Thousands and thousands of people responded through our webform, a testament to what we can do when we all come out for trans equality.  
Despite the messages of fear and prejudice, together we have shown why it’s so important to support trans people to get the rights that they deserve. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Please pass on our thanks to your friends, families, and networks – everyone who supported this campaign. Their support has been crucial – and means so much to trans people across Britain.  
But this is just the first step.  
Over the coming months, we need to keep working together to continue building support for trans equality across all parts of our society. And next year we’ll need to come together again to make sure that the consultation leads to changes in the law that give legal recognition to all trans people. But we are in a strong position now – because we’ve shown that by working together, we can make an enormous impact.  
The conversations and questions will continue, even now the consultation is closed.  
Please use the Truth about Trans resource and the personal stories that trans people have generously shared in writing and on video to tackle misconceptions and encourage others to #ComeOutForTransEquality. 
Thank you.

Rebecca Stinson
Head of Trans Inclusion

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