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Diverse and international

With its roots on Wall Street, White & Case was one of the first major US law firms to transform itself into a truly global law firm.

Shortly after being established in 1901, we opened our first non-US office, in Paris, to service the needs of a major client in Europe. More offices quickly followed. Today, we have 37 offices across 26 countries, and our clients include an exciting mix of multinationals, financial institutions, governments and state‑owned entities.
 
More than 30% of all our deals over the last two years involved more than three offices and 70% of our lawyers are located outside the US. The Firm has just under 450 English law qualified lawyers, 80% of them based in London and 20% across our global network.
 
Reflecting the diversity of what we do, who we do it for and where we do it, our people are a rich mosaic of nationalities and backgrounds. We consider this a vital advantage for our clients and essential to representing their wide and varied global interests.
 
We have special interest groups for our women lawyers, LGBT and BME communities and, at the last count, we had lawyers and staff from 33 different nationalities speaking 40 languages in London alone.
 
Equal opportunities for all
 
Our Equal Opportunity Policy promotes equality at work and ensures no one suffers unlawful discrimination, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. We aim to treat all employees fairly and consistently, encouraging good working relationships and high standards of conduct and work performance.
 
DiversCity in Law 2016

DiversCity is a unique recruitment event and mentoring programme aimed at raising awareness of pursuing a legal career in the City amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students at degree and postgraduate level. White & Case have been involved in the DiversCity initiative since 2016.

DiversCity aims to:   

  • provide a forum to showcase the experiences of successful LGBT lawyers and dispel any misconceptions young LGBT aspiring lawyers may have;
  • allow students to speak first-hand to LGBT lawyers;
  • attract LGBT candidates into the law profession;
  • provide an opportunity for students to build their own personal networks;
  • build a pipeline of diverse talent for the participating law firms and;
  • ensure the law profession continues to strengthen as an LGBT friendly environment.

The initiative was first started to address a recognised need to diversify the legal sector and provide support for LGBT students who felt a lack of confidence in applying to City firms, let alone being out and themselves once they got there. 

This year’s DiversCity event will be taking place on Monday 5 December 2016 at Baker & McKenzie in London and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in attending the event or would like to know more about the initiative, please visit diverscityinlaw.net or find us on social media at facebook.com/DiversCityInLaw  or twitter.com/DiversCityinLaw

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