The legal profession is well represented in an annual compilation that celebrates professionals who have helped support LBGT people, with solicitors making up more than one in ten spots on one list.
Today’s OUTstanding list, presented by the Financial Times newspaper, lists professionals who identify as LGBT+ who create positive workplaces for other LGBT+ people. The list is split into three categories – LGBT+ executives, ally executives and future leaders.
In the LGBT+ executives list, at least 11 of the 100 are solicitors. They come from law firms including Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy.
Clifford Chance has three of its lawyers across the lists. Partner Narind Singh is listed as an ‘LGBT+ executive’ while senior associates Eraldo d’Atri and Nathan Eastwood are in the ‘future leaders’ list. Other names include Ben Foat, group legal director at the Post Office (LGBT+ executives) and King & Spalding associate Krishna Omkar (future leaders).
Laura King, global head of people and talent at Clifford Chance, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Narind, Eraldo and Nathan for being named in this prestigious list of LGBT+ role models. Narind, Eraldo and Nathan have given generously of their time speaking at events, mentoring others, and driving aspects of Clifford Chance’s pro bono work in support of the LGBT+ community.’
The FT has compiled the list since 2013. This year’s role models were nominated by peers and colleagues with the nominations then reviewed by an independent judging panel.
Suki Sandhu, chief executive of INvolve, parent organisation of OUTstanding, said: ’We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating work environments where everyone can succeed.’