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David Harkness

David is Chair of Clifford Chance’s UK Inclusion Committee and has championed a series of initiatives to promote gender inclusion and diversity including publishing pay gap data beyond the statutory minimum, designating partners at every remuneration meeting to ensure gender equality is respected, and creating a network of “Inclusion Advocates” to support those at the receiving end of any sexist behaviour or unconscious bias. He encouraged the relaunch of Accelerate>>> as a global gender parity group and the introduction of a new target of 30% women UK partners by 2025. David is also a member of the Development Board at Tender; a charity dedicated to reducing domestic violence.

Alice Jefferis

Alice is co-founder of the global gender parity group Accelerate >>> and chairs its UK arm. She led on design and delivery of a reverse mentoring scheme, collaborates with other affinity groups to ensure intersectionality and incorporates diverse feedback to ensure inclusivity. Alice helps support and launch Accelerate>>> in unrepresented offices across Clifford Chance’s network and actively promotes gender parity internally and externally through a targeted strategy. Over the last two years, she has successfully campaigned for and helped deliver the signing of the Law Society’s Women in Law Pledge, the introduction of time-specific diversity and inclusion targets and equalisation of shared parental leave. She has also worked with Spark21, a charity aimed at raising visibility of women in law, and following the onset of COVID-19, persuaded Clifford Chance to allocate funds to enable the London Black Women’s Project to open a new refuge required due to increased domestic violence.

David Harkness

David has made it his mission to change the culture at Clifford Chance. He chairs a group aiming to address the firm’s diversity issues relating to gender.  The group persuaded the firm’s management to publish all pay gap data, including partners, plus data on ethnicity, sexuality and disability pay gaps as well as gender. David has championed a series of initiatives to promote diversity, including a successful pilot of reverse mentoring; designated partners at every meeting where pay or promotion is discussed, charged with ensuring gender diversity is respected; a network of ‘inclusion advocates’ trained to help and support those facing harassment issues; equalising the firm’s shared parental leave package; and refreshing and relaunching the firm’s women’s group as a global gender parity network.  David has spoken at a series of partner events to make sure that every one of Clifford Chance’s 150+ London partners is aware of the importance of D&I and of the great damage that sexist behaviour and harassment can present. Externally, David supports and encourages academic research in D&I, particularly Jill Armstrong of Murray Edwards College Cambridge. He has attended many events promoted by Women’s groups to try and deliberately be the only man in a room full of women, in order to understand the minority experience and promote male advocacy. David also supports Tender, a charity dedicated to reducing domestic violence.