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WorkPride - Focus Panels for Industries: Legal

Our focus panels for industries explore the challenges and opportunities related to workplace equality specific to key industries. Key topics of discussion will cover:

- Progress made towards workplace equality: Successful inclusion practices and learnings from the industry

- Challenges and barriers to workplace equality

- What it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in the legal sector

- The impact of Covid-19+ on the legal sector

- The current recruitment outlook

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  • Stuart Mason
    Stuart Mason
    Associate Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Oliver Rieche
    Oliver Rieche
    Associate in Energy & Natural Resources
    Reed Smith LLP
    Oliver is an associate based in Reed Smith’s London office, specialising in contentious and non-contentious UK, EU and international environmental, health & safety, product compliance and product liability law. Oliver is also co-chair of Reed Smith’s LGBTQ+ business inclusion group, PRISM. Prior to commencing his legal career, Oliver worked on Western Balkan issues at the European External Action Service in Brussels. He gained further professional experience at the German Embassy in the Dominican Republic, a political think tank in Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur. As a member of several youth leadership communities, including Sandbox, One Young World and Global Changemakers, Oliver has a keen interest in civic society. He, for example, represented the voice of the German youth as Head Delegate of the German delegation during the G20 Youth Summit. Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law with Politics (University of Manchester) and two Master’s degrees in Public International Law (University of Cambridge) and Commercial Legal Practice (BPP University, London).
  • Deven Vyas
    Deven Vyas
    Director of Client Development
    Reed Smith LLP
    Deven is an experienced lawyer and joined Reed Smith in 2013 to head up a newly created Client Development function. Deven was an associate at Linklaters following which he worked as a Prosecutor and acquired his Higher Rights audience. Deven made a number of positive changes in his role as a Borough Prosecutor resulting in a number of successes which got him the accolade of being branded as the “New Face of the CPS” by the Times Newspaper. After having worked at 3 Magic Circle law firms, Deven joined Reed Smith and implemented the firm’s first global client programme and the first client insights programme. Deven works very closely with the firm’s ex-Asia Managing Partner to meet clients and to help drive change using the intelligence and insights obtained from them. Deven spends a considerable amount of time at Reed Smith’s US offices meeting clients and is a big advocate for change & innovation.
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    Jamie Sherman
    Jamie Sherman
    Associate (Asset Finance)
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Andy Lewis
    Andy Lewis
    Travers Smith
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    Anna Bond
    Anna Bond
    Senior Associate, Employment
    Lewis Silkin LLP
    Anna is a Senior Associate in the Employment team at Lewis Silkin LLP and works on litigation, advisory work and investigations. She is the co-chair of the firm's LGBT+ group and outside of work is the Legal Trustee of Bi Pride UK.
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    David Hansom
    David Hansom
    Clyde & Co
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