Lawyers celebrated for their work to promote diversity and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues appear in an annual power list celebrating the most active executives.
The OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executive List, presented by the Financial Times, recognises 15 lawyers for their efforts.
The list, instigated by OUTstanding, a professional membership organisation for global businesses, is released every year and is split into three categories – the top 100 LGBT executives, the top 50 ally executives, and the top 50 future leaders.
This year, a hall of fame has also been introduced for the first time.
Stacey Friedman, general counsel at US investment bank JPMorgan, is the highest-ranking lawyer this year at number five, while two partners at magic circle firm Clifford Chance and one at Slaughter and May have also been honoured.
Matthew Layton (pictured), Clifford Chance’s managing partner, is ranked in the ally Executives category while Narind Singh is in the top 100 LGBT executives category.
Layton said: ‘I’m incredibly proud of the progress that the firm has made in supporting our LGBT+ colleagues – it is truly a team effort right across the firm. Inclusivity is essential if we are to perform to our full potential and our workplace must be an environment where each and every person has the confidence to be themselves.’
Daniel Gerring, partner at London and Paris-based firm Travers Smith, was also included in the top 100.
He said: ‘The wide range of work undertaken by all of those here remains as relevant and important as ever and I am pleased to be able to play my part.’
A full list of lawyers included across all categories is below.
David Palumbo, partner, Baker & McKenzie
Justin D’Agostino, global head of disputes and joint managing partner Asia and Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills
Daniel Gerring, partner, Travers Smith
Daisy Reeves, partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Narind Singh, partner, Clifford Chance
Saleem Fazal, partner, Taylor Wessing
Claudia Brind-Woody, vice-president and managing director, intellectual property licensing, IBM
Matthew Layton, managing partner, Clifford Chance
Aritha Wickramasinghe, associate, K&L Gates
Krishna Omkar, associate, Slaughter and May
Mohsin Zaidi, pupil barrister, 6 KBW College Hill
Stacey Friedman, general counsel, JPMorgan
David Isaac, head of advanced manufacturing and technology, Pinsent Masons
Deian Rhys, partner, Simmons & Simmons
Daniel Winterfeldt, partner, Reed Smith