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While managing his firm’s US practice, Julian developed a programme with the ambitious goal of making the firm the most attractive law firm for women to work in, and to drive great gender diversity outcomes. The programme was comprised of a variety of factors, including new mentoring and sponsorship programmes for women, unconscious bias training, women’s lunches, workshops and client events, part time and flexible working initiatives and other initiatives designed to drive inclusion. In that period, 70% of recruits into the firm’s US practice were women, and they had a relatively high proportion of women elected into the partnership. Julian is now co-sponsor of the firm’s global gender diversity efforts, and one of two partners assigned to assess and interrogate the firm’s partnership candidate pipeline to ensure better gender diversity outcomes. Externally, Julian regularly participates in diversity events ensuring that he is part of the debate. He has driven a project to obtain statistical information that can inform internal discussions on women in the workplace, and has led offsite presentations focussed on behavioural changes that will lead to more inclusive leadership.

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