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Hogan Lovells aims to “create a truly diverse global organisation”


International law firm Hogan Lovells has appointed a Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing to advise the firm’s leadership and implement a range of initiatives to attract and retain diverse talent at all levels across the firm's practices, industry sectors and regions.


As well as an office in the City of London, Hogan Lovells operates in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe, with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Beijing, Perth, Hong Kong, Dubai, Johannesburg, and major European cities, to name but a few locations.


The new Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Julie Thomas, previously worked in the same role for Zurich Insurance and will have a specific focus on retention and career advancement of the firm’s global legal staff.


Hogan Lovells said that Julie would “work closely” with the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee – and collaborate with regional committees and local leadership to drive Hogan Lovells' goal of increased diversity at senior levels, ensuring that the firm's culture “continues to be fit for the future”.


Ruth Grant – Partner and Chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee – said:


We are excited that Julie has joined Hogan Lovells – with her background in creating and implementing major diversity and inclusion programmes at a globally-recognised multinational corporation, Julie brings a breadth of experience and ideas, which will help cement our position as a leader in the field.


“Although there has been considerable progress in the legal profession over the last 15 years, there is still much to do to drive real change – particularly at a senior level.


“Julie will help us pick up the pace and build on our existing foundation to create a truly diverse global organisation.


“We’re confident she is the right person to take up that challenge.


Julie Thomas said:


Thanks to the outstanding work they have done over a number of years, Hogan Lovells has a richly-deserved reputation as a champion of diversity and inclusion.


“I am looking forward to helping to continue to truly embed diversity and inclusion, creating programmes, policies and projects that will further enhance that reality and make Hogan Lovells an even better place to work.


In the US, Hogan Lovells was recently voted by national magazine Working Mother among the top law firms for working mothers for the seventh year consecutively.


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