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Steering group

This is made up of diversity and inclusion leads from the eight founding firms. They will guide the direction of Legal CORE and set the strategic plans for initiatives in consultation with member firms. The group is co-chaired by two firms currently held by Slaughter and May and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Legal CORE steering group


Charlotte Yirrell

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Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager, UK, US and EMEA – Herbert Smith Freehills


Louise Zekaria

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Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Macfarlanes

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Helen Ouseley

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Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Jo Dooley

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Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

–A&O Shearman


Nina Goswami

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Head of Inclusion UK -

Clifford Chance LLP


Nicole Williams

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Counsel, Global Co-Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging - Ashurst


Uzma Hamid-Dizier

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Director of Responsible Business & Inclusion - Slaughter and May


Joanna Harris

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Head of Responsible Business and Wellbeing - EMEA – Norton Rose Fulbright


Louisa Awolaja

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Senior Manager, Global Race Strategy- Linklaters

Leadership Group 

This is made up of senior partners, managing partners and D&I partners. Individuals will be invited to attend a wider ‘plenary session’, where new ideas will be presented back to them.

Role of the Leadership Group

Ambassadors for the collaboration | Commit their firm to be actively involved | Lead the change at their respective firms.



Partners in the Leadership Group

Gareth Price, Allen & Overy

Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance

Mark Samson, Freshfields

Alison Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills

Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters

Luke Powell, Macfarlanes

Farmida Bi, Norton Rose Fulbright (Co-Chair)

Deborah Finkler, Slaughter and May (Co-Chair)

members group

This is made up from two representatives (diversity and inclusion or HR lead) from each participating firm. 

The role of the Members Group


Actively contribute to the work stream sub-groups | Show support for the initiative, ensure internal engagement within your firm and aim to implement the learnings where possible Work collaboratively with the Steering Group.

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