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We are a firm of firsts, pioneering innovative new ways of practising the law all over the world. This video introduces the scope of the firm, the history of its achievements and amazing work that it does for major clients. It is a view of the aspirational nature of Clifford Chance and its record of accomplishment.

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Arcus Pro-Bono Work

After a night out with friends, Roger sent a text message to one of them, declaring his love. This expression of affection led Roger to spend the next year in prison where he suffered continual abuse from inmates and guards alike. Roger's crime? Being a gay man in Cameroon.

Clifford Chance's network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals, Arcus, has dedicated almost 300 pro bono hours to LGBT issues around the world. The team's principal pro bono partners are: The Human Dignity Trust(HDT), an organisation that seeks to challenge laws criminalising homosexuality in Commonwealth countries; Non-Gendered, a campaign for full legal recognition of a non-gendered identity; and the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity helping young LGBT people.

Arcus is on HDT's legal panel and has most recently assisted with:

  • commencing anti-homophobic litigation in Cameroon, including the test case of Roger Mbede, which will be used to challenge Cameroon's anti-homosexuality legislation;
  • supporting a petition to the UN, resulting in a formal UN complaint to the Cameroonian government relating to the treatment of human rights activists and LGBT individuals;
  • hosting a screening of the film 'Call me Kuchu' to raise awareness of the HDT's activities among the firm's high profile clients including Citi, Barclays and JP Morgan.

HDT legal director, Tea Braun, said "This is incredibly helpful, thanks to all at Clifford Chance! We really could not do this without you guys. Thank you."

The team has worked with Non-Gendered to challenge the UK government's decision not to allow 'x' passports, and to propose the expansion of the Equality Act to afford statutory protection for non-gendered individuals.

The Albert Kennedy Trust's 'Give15' campaign helps hundreds of gay and lesbian young people who have been thrown out of their homes because of their sexuality. The Arcus team has helped raise £60,000 for the cause.

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We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate and team based way of working. 

We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not for profit organisations. We provide them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm's global standards with in-depth local expertise. Many of the world's leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues.

""As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate and team-based way of working.""

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