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Paul Rawlinson chairs one of the world’s largest law firms and is unequivocal in his desire to further Baker McKenzie’s global focus on diversity. Locally Paul has been actively supporting the London office’s high profile HeForShe campaign, with over 70% of male partners becoming HeForShe ambassadors. Playing a prominent role in the launch of LIFT (Leaders investing for Tomorrow)  – a sponsorship programme across Baker McKenzie’s 77 offices worldwide partnering women attorneys with senior sponsors, he is ensuring women have access to all the tools and support they need, in order to rise up through the ranks. Recently Paul was the sole private sector representative at the United Nations launch event for “Champions of the Global Equal Pay Coalition”, to talk about the role that professional services firms can play in bridging the gap in equal pay. Closer to home, Paul is an active supporter of the 30% Club in the UK, recently speaking on the panel at their “Shifting the Needle” Leadership Forum. Paul doesn’t see gender equality as a “women’s” issue – it’s a business issue and is very aware that while progress is being made, there is still much to do before we reach a true gender equality.

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