16 March 2021
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Linklater's Race Action Plan

Linklaters has published a plan to increase the diversity of black lawyers in its international staff, and since this is an issue that concerns the management of this law firm, it has designed an action plan structured in 5 points: 

1.To create an inclusive culture
  • Establish a Black Diversity Council to hold the firm to account for progress
  • Train 100% of our people on anti-racism over the next 12 months and regularly thereafter
  • Hold all Partners and Directors accountable for racial diversity in their practices and teams
2. To meaningfully improve opportunities
  • Increase representation of Black and minority ethnic leaders on our senior leadership bodies
  • Establish a new mentorship program for our Black colleagues with senior sponsors
3. To realise aspirations in the next generation
  • Tie our people’s performance reviews and remuneration to contributions to social impact work
  • Increase participation from Black students in our key programmes, including Making Links
4. To discover and develop Black professionals
  • Establish a Diversity Scholarship to financially support Black and underrepresented minority ethnic law students (US)
  • Double our funding to organisations that target career opportunities for Black professionals
5. To partner with purpose
  • Double our annual pro bono hours spent on advancing racial equality and empowerment causes
  • Expand our network of relationships with racial justice organisations
  • Review our supply chain to enhance our spend with Black and minority-owned suppliers
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