Hogan Lovells and DiversCity to Provide LGBT Mentors to Students

LONDON, 29 January 2013 - Hogan Lovells has joined the DiversCity mentoring scheme, through which members of Hogan Lovells Pride, the firm's London LGBT Network, will provide informal mentoring to LGBT students considering a career in law. This is the first LGBT scheme specifically targeting those looking to build a City law career.

The mentoring scheme has been introduced following the success of the DiversCity LGBT graduate recruitment event on 4 December 2012, co-hosted by eight City law firms, including Hogan Lovells.

The event was targeted at 40-50 first and second year students who will be graduating in 2014 and 2015.  The students took part in interactive workshops, presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions regarding opportunities in the legal sector. Hogan Lovells partner Elaine Penrose was a panelist and members of the Pride Network also attended and provided networking opportunities.

Students who attended the event have now been invited to take part in an informal mentoring scheme through which they will gain access to an LGBT lawyer or senior business services person working in one of the eight participating law firms. Mentors will provide insight and guidance into career paths and life at a City law firm as an LGBT employee.

Members of Hogan Lovells Pride who will act as mentors include financial services disputes partner Elaine Penrose, financial institutions partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' London Network James McDonald, pensions associate Chris Edwards-Earl, and trainees Ian Whitehead and Charlotte Cartwright.

Commenting on the DiversCity mentoring scheme James McDonald, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' London Network, said:

"Hogan Lovells is committed to progressing equality initiatives and promoting and maintaining a diverse workforce that is both inclusive and welcoming. A key part of this is ensuring that the pipeline of potential future LGBT employees remains strong and participating in the DiversCity mentoring scheme is a great way to encourage the future generation of LGBT lawyers".

Being a diverse and inclusive place to work is at the core of Hogan Lovells' vision and values. The firm was recently ranked 40th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2013 Workplace Equality Index and an LGBT network has been in place since October 2007, which was renamed as Hogan Lovells Pride in 2012 in response to the evolution of LGBT rights both in society and in the workplace in recent years. The network promotes inclusivity and awareness, both internally and externally.

Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive working environment, which means commitment to:

  • recruit, nurture, develop and advance the most talented law students, graduates, lawyers and business services personnel
  • engage all members of Hogan Lovells with its diversity agenda and integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all activities
  • ensure workplace policies and processes are inclusive and designed to promote a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity.

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