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Matthew Parris Addresses Hogan Lovells LGBT Network

16 April 2012

LONDON, 16 April 2012 - Hogan Lovells will play host to Matthew Parris at a lunch in support of the Human Dignity Trust on 17 April.  The well-known writer, broadcaster, former diplomat and Conservative MP will be the keynote speaker at the event which marks the renaming of the Hogan Lovells LGBT Network as Hogan Lovells Pride.

The existing Hogan Lovells LGBT Network is being renamed as Hogan Lovells Pride in response to the evolution of LGBT rights both in society and in the workplace in recent years.  Hogan Lovells' Pride is recognised as a Stonewall Star Performing Network and its activities to date have led to Hogan Lovells being ranked as a Top 100 Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in both 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Hogan Lovells achieved the fifth highest ranking for a law firm in the Index.

The Human Dignity Trust has the objective of challenging laws which criminalise homosexuality, on the basis that they are in violation of constitutional law norms, the rule of law and international human rights standards. Its patrons are eminent jurists from around the world and include The Rt Hon the Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson (South Africa), Justice Michael Kirby (Australia) and Soli J Sorabjee, former Attorney-General of India. Hogan Lovells supports the work of The Human Dignity Trust as one of a panel of law firms acting on a pro bono basis.

Claire Southern, Co-Chair of the London Network, said:

"This renaming serves to re-energise our activity as an LGBT friendly employer.  We are committed to progressing equality initiatives as part of our strategy to create and maintain an inclusive working environment for our people."

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 support 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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