NOTICED Multicultural Initiative Launched by London Law Firms

LONDON, 20 March 2013 - A new inter-firm initiative – NOTICED – set up by eight leading City law firms and aimed at promoting "Networking Opportunities to Integrate, Celebrate and Educate on Diversity" within in the legal sector was launched today, Wednesday 20th March, at the Law Society.

NOTICED aims to promote diversity and multiculturalism by making the legal industry more accessible, culturally aware, and better equipped to address the challenges of the 21st Century. It will do this by encouraging more engagement from the legal community on the issue of multiculturalism through collaboration with the member firms' existing diversity networks and programmes.

The initiative is open to the whole of the legal community, including fee earners and business services, providing opportunities for individuals to interact on a social and professional level and discuss issues on culture, initiate action for change, and celebrate success.

The founding member firms of NOTICED are Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Simmons & Simmons, and Mayer Brown International. The group is also supported by the Law Society and Race for Opportunity.

Hogan Lovells associate Rashida Abdulai and Herbert Smith Freehills associate Bhavesh Patel have been appointed co-Chairs of NOTICED.

Commenting on the launch, Rashida Abdulai and Bhavesh Patel said:

"NOTICED is a fantastic new initiative that has been in the planning for some months, and we are delighted that the launch has been met with such a positive response. NOTICED will increase awareness and acceptance of multiculturalism in the legal sector and hopefully beyond, and we are proud to be founding members and thrilled that a number of firms are already on board. Individually, we are all running active campaigns of communications and events but for true change to occur we all need to work together to this end, so are excited to work with the committee and other member firms to hopefully change perceptions within the legal sector".

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