LGBTQ+ Pride 2019

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LGBTQ+ you and us

Be proud. We stand firm with our colleagues and clients around the world.

Much has changed for the better for LGBTQ+ individuals and families in recent decades, but there is still a lot to be done across all areas of our society to ensure fairness and equality for all.

Here you will find some information that may assist you both at work and with your personal relationships. We will be adding more resources on important topics, and do get in touch if you have feedback or suggestions.

Ensuring we attract and engage with LGBTQ+ individuals and clients in all areas of our business is vital, and we strive to provide a diverse and inclusive culture for all. You can find information about our LGBTQ+ team and activity further on.

Meet our LGBTQ+ network


27 June 2019 - Events

Pride 2019: Creating an inclusive business culture: Learning from the past and planning for our future


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Recognition

Stonewall Diversity

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I am an openly gay woman and never wanted to hide who I am. I always thought this would mean I would face challenges pursuing a career in the legal industry, but far from it. Withers celebrates diversity and it is empowering as a junior lawyer to see LGBTQ+ colleagues, particularly those in senior positions, being able to be open about who they are in the workplace. For me, by choosing a firm that welcomes colleagues from all identities and backgrounds, the perceived hurdles I would have to overcome have (thankfully) remained a myth.

Ali Woodcock-West | Trainee | London
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I have always been out at work, but in my early career, let’s just say it was very clear that I was not seen as ‘one of the boys’. Attitudes have changed so much in the last 20 years, and I am grateful to have worked in some fantastic firms, who value diversity and an inclusive culture. I am able to be myself at work and it’s great to see those starting out in their careers doing the same.

Paul Askew | Marketing and Business Development Manager | London
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Our world is a richly diverse place and a successful global law firm must recruit, hire and retain a diverse mix of talent and perspectives to benefit from that innovative potential. I am proud of how Withers has demonstrated its commitment to diversity and inclusivity by hiring, promoting and celebrating diverse people. The Withers community is enhanced by having managers, attorneys, and staff members who not only proudly identify as being LGBTQ+ internally, but who openly serve as leaders and role models in our legal markets.

MICHAEL BROPHY | PARTNER | LOS ANGELES
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I was someone who was terrified of being out at work for fear of it affecting my career – probably irrationally, but to the extent I made a conscious decision not to reveal my sexuality until after I had qualified (at a different firm!). I joined Withers as a mid-level associate and have had role models aplenty at every stage of my career here – it is an incredibly open and friendly place, in a very understated way. I can be me.

Graham Webster | Partner | London
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As a straight ally, I am proud to work in a firm that supports, recognises and values diversity in all its forms. I am happy to see that my LGBTQ+ colleagues do not have to fear to be out at work. Withers promotes an inclusive environment where everyone can be whatever she or he wants to be. Diversity is what makes us stronger and Withers a great place to work.

CAMILLA GAMBARINI | ASSOCIATE | LONDON AND MILAN
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At Withers, being an out gay man has never been an issue, and there are a number of out members of the firm, myself included, in management roles. It is important to me to work in a diverse, inclusive environment and Withers has more than met my expectations in that regard. I was finally able to marry my husband after the law was changed in New York. At the start of my legal career, I would never have expected my law office to throw me and my husband a wedding party. I was really touched when the firm invited my entire office to celebrate with us at the end of my last working day before the wedding. It is really wonderful to be in such a welcoming environment!

David Guin | Partner | New York

Recent LGBTQ+ events


Lambda Legal’s West Coast Liberty Awards, 30 May


We are proud to support Lambda Legal’s West Coast Liberty Awards in Los Angeles. The event celebrates equality and pays tribute to the individuals and organizations who fight for the rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.

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Diversionary Theater’s Annual Gala, 26 April


We were delighted to again sponsor the Diversionary Theater’s Annual Gala, in San Diego. The theater is the third oldest LGBT+ theater in the USA.

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LeGal BesT's charity pub quiz 13 November


We supported LeGal BesT's charity pub quiz in London in aid of Opening Doors, a leading UK charity providing information and support services to LGBT+ people over 50. It was a great success raising much needed funds for this superb charity.

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Our LGBTQ+ and allies network group