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Purple Reign is Coming for Pride in London 2014

Purple Reign is an artistic representation of LGBT and straight ally role models in their professional environment.

It celebrates the success of LGBT professionals and the support of powerful straight allies. The goal is to raise the self-esteem and the career aspirations of LGBT youth, students and professionals.

Purple Reign sits alongside other innovative InterLaw Diversity Forum projects to generate fresh thinking and effective action on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Following the worldwide success of the groundbreaking RED HOT project ( photographer Thomas Knights has joined forces with Daniel Winterfeldt, Founder of the InterLaw Diversity Forum.

Drawn from the fields of law, business, activism, the arts, government and sports, the project will feature the most influential personalities who are making a difference today. The project will benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust in its 25th year of working with homeless and at risk youth through raising awareness and funds.

The first portrait of straight ally and Lord Mayor of the City of London Fiona Woolf has been unveiled and it is a stunning and powerful portrait, set in the Egyptian Hall of The Mansion House.

The full group of portraits will be exhibited at a gala invitation-only launch on 13th June at The Mansion House. They will also be exhibited during the Pride in London festival later in the month.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum is asking people to choose who will feature as the final portrait in the series. The nominees are:

  • Clare Balding (@clarebalding)
  • Tom Daley (@tomdaley1994)
  • Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue)
  • Stephen Fry (@stephenfry)
  • Martina Navratilova (@martina)
  • Paris Lees (@parislees)

Tweet your chosen nominee along with PurpleReign and @InterLawLGBT or visit our Facebook page if you don’t fly on Twitter. Voting closes on Sunday 18th May.

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London said: “I am delighted to be supporting this initiative. It shows the InterLaw Diversity Forum continue to grow its reach and influence on diversity and inclusion beyond the legal sector where it has had so much success. I am looking forward to seeing all of the portraits displayed in the Mansion House on 13th June.”

Daniel Winterfeldt, Founder of the InterLaw Diversity Forum said: “Thomas Knights’ photography captures the strength and influence of incredible people. The Purple Reign portraits of LGBT and straight ally role models will be an inspiration to young people and professionals of all ages as they build fulfilling careers while being authentically themselves, whoever they are.”

The Apollo Project

Submit your case studies by 30 April!

The Lord Mayor of London recently asked for contributions to the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s Apollo Project so that we can add to our collective intelligence to transform the culture in our organisations for better human capital and to improve our bottom lines.

The goal of the Apollo Project is to help give organisations the practical tools to help make effective cultural changes by leveraging the examples of best practice that exist throughout the legal sector and beyond. The Apollo Project seeks to reach out for examples of best practice backed up by evidence.

Submissions are simple, require completing a short form and are limited to 1,000 words. Please see the submission form, guidance and sample submissions also on the website below.

The Apollo Project will be a website and an app accompanied by a global supplement in the FT, our media sponsor. Our founding sponsors include National Grid, Lloyds Banking Group, Data_Morphosis and CMS.
The launch at the House of Commons hosted by Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities on 15 May is by invitation only.

Pride in London, the new organisation behind Pride Week from 2013, is giving you the opportunity to help keep this amazing show running. You have the #FreedomTo grab your own Pride Package and Support, Shine, Strut, Sparkle, Star, Shout or Schmooze. This is a unique chance to show your support for Pride and keep the celebrations going. As an added bonus for your generosity, all Pride Packages include special thank you rewards.

Find out more. 

Record number of law firms in Stonewall’s top employers


Last night the InterLaw Diversity Forum and Stonewall unveiled the top 20 legal sector employers in the 2014 Work Equality Index. For the first time in the history of the Index, law firms out-performed the banks. 

Chris Edwards, Client Group Manager, Stonewall said: ‘I’m delighted to see the legal sector perform so well in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, and also in being able to showcase the Top 20 performing law firms. This achievement is a result of the vision and commitment of progressive employers in driving sexual orientation equality forward and in creating a truly inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Since its formation in 2008, InterLaw has played an integral role in galvanising and supporting the legal sector and has enabled tens of thousands of LGB people across the UK to bring their whole selves to work without fear of reprisal or discrimination. As a professional networking group, Interlaw has really set the benchmark in terms of what sector specific groups can collectively achieve.’ 

Daniel Winterfeldt, Founder and Co-Chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum said: ‘Seeing 10 law firms in Stonewall’s list of the top 100 employers, and the next ten bubbling under, is a great sixth birthday present for InterLaw. Six years ago, Pinsent Masons was the only firm in the list. We’re working to continue to support LGBT people and straight allies in the sector as performance improves and the pace of change is sustained. The energy behind achieving LGBT equality in many firms is quite phenomenal and we are proud to be a partner in the work to deliver that equality and grateful for the support of so many firms and corporates.’

The Top 20 law firms in the Stonewall Work Equality Index 2014 are:

1 Simmons & Simmons

2 Baker & McKenzie

=3 CMS Cameron McKenna

=3 Herbert Smith Freehills

5 Hogan Lovells

=6 Eversheds

=6 Pinsent Masons

8 Irwin Mitchell

=9 Freshfields

=9 Norton Rose Fulbright

11 K&L Gates

12 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

13 Taylor Wessing

14 Lewis Silkin

15 Field Fisher Waterhouse

16 Wragge & Co

17 Slaughter and May

18 Berwin Leighton Paisner

19 Bircham Dyson Bell

20 Weil Gotschal & Manges

The legal sector shows some particular strengths in this year’s index.

  • 70% of law firm entrants have a Senior Partner or board member as their Senior Champion for LGB equality (compared with 40% of all entrants)
  • 71% of law firms have openly gay/bi Partners or Senior Managers
  • Employee networks are increasingly sophisticated – 2 firms scored 100% and 15 firms scored above 90%
  • 35% of law firms now have Straight Ally Programmes in place, compared with 20% in 2013
  • Individual performers continue to break new ground, including creative ways of engaging with all staff as well as offering unique career development opportunities for LGB staff

We had a great evening at Pinsent Masons celebrating the success of the legal sector and looking ahead at where we go next!

The Winter Carnival 2014 is celebrating 25 years of the Albert Kennedy Trust and their vital work with young LGBT people. 

Donate by text to help the AKT. Just text ‘ALBT25 £10’ to 70070. 

If you’re going to be at the Winter Carnival at the Club at the Ivy on 16th February, you have the chance to win some great prizes in our Luxury Lucky Dip. 

The Luxury Lucky Dip bags are stuffed with goodies for everyone and nearly half of them have amazing special prizes like VIP tickets to see Lady Gaga at the O2 (thank you Simmons & Simmons), lunch at the W Hotel, tea at the Sanderson, a Hidee handbag and a framed, limited edition portrait of Olympian Greg Rutherford from the RED HOT! series. What will you win?

The Winter Carnival Auction


We’re unveiling our very special auction which as ever contains truly original lots that generally simply cannot be bought. 

Thanks to the generous support of our co-hosts and sponsors, every penny you contribute through buying tickets, bidding in our auction or buying one of our luxury Lucky Dip bags goes straight to help homeless and at risk LGBT young people. 

So dig deep and treat yourself or a friend to something amazing and support some incredible people doing some really vital work. 

Lot one

An Afternoon at Gieves & Hawkes,  No.1 Savile Row.

Gieves & Hawkes has been in business since the 18th Century and has dressed such legends as Admiral Lord Nelson, The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin among many others. Jason Basmajian, Creative Director, is delighted to welcome you and your guest for afternoon tea at their historic London home at No.1 Savile Row, after which you will go behind the scenes of this storied address and the bidder will select a made-to-measure outfit of their choosing from our Private Tailoring Service, to the value of £2,000. 

Kindly donated by Gieves & Hawkes

Lot two

Let them entertain you!

Writer Rena Brannan will cook for you and four friends in your home while her wife, actress Sophie Ward, shares tales of life on the stage and screen. You will be entertained in royal style by a true power couple who are both fabulous raconteurs!

Kindly donated by Rena Brannan and Sophie Ward

Lot three

Luxe, calme et volupté – an elegant escape to France

Extremely generous supporters of the Albert Kennedy Trust have given the use of their elegant home in South West France for a four night long weekend for up to twelve people. Between the mediaeval city of Carcassone and the beaches of the mediterranean, La Fraissinède is an extraordinary country residence in the heart of the Corbières, incorporating modern style with the ambience and proportions of an ancient wine cuve. It offers an amazing setting and views, six double en-suite bedrooms, open-plan entertaining spaces, terraces, a tranquil courtyard, a tennis court and large heated pool.  This offer excludes high season, is by agreement and valid for one year.

Anonymous donors

The Red Hot! Experience 

We have two very special lots generously donated by artist Thomas Knights and two of his gorgeous subjects from the hugely successful RED HOT! exhibition that challenges perceptions of redheads and is aligned with the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The buyer of each lot gets not only the fabulous framed, limited edition art print to adorn their home but also a night out at the always-hot Room Service where you and the subject of the portrait will be guests of Jodie Harsh. 

Lot four

Your very own Brady Boy!

Thomas Knights’ portrait of Tom Brady, Team GB canoeist and model is like the subject itself, a thing of beauty. Hang it in your home and then head out to Room Service with Tom himself and the photographer, Thomas Knights. Not just for Jan and Marsha!

Kindly donated by Thomas Knights, Tom Brady, Jodie Harsh and Room Service

Lot five

The artist’s muse

Jake Hold is a model with Elite and it shows! This lively portrait of the tattooed Jake with his gorgeous golden red mane would grace any Mayfair penthouse. How would it look over your fireplace? The buyer also gets a night out at Room Service with Jake and Thomas Knights. 

Kindly donated by Thomas Knights, Jake Hold, Jodie Harsh and Room Service

Lot six

Sculpture by internationally renowned artist Shaun Brosnan

Shaun Brosnan’s stunning work has been exhibited around the world. Tonight Shaun has generously donated one of his hand-beaten lead sculptures. We love it and really want to keep it for ourselves but it has to go to the highest bidder!

Kindly donated by the artist

Lot seven

A night at the Royal Court Theatre with Mr Russell Tovey

We have a very special VIP package on Thursday 27th February for four lucky people. You will see Mr Tovey in his sold-out play, The Pass, be treated to drinks, nibbles and a talk about the play before it begins, a signed playtext, interval drinks and then more drinks with the cast after the show. A must for any theatre buff or buff actors!

Kindly donated by CMS 

Lot eight

Memento of an amazing summer and incredible achievement

A piece of sporting history could be yours. Paralympian and captain of the Team GB women’s seated volleyball team at London 2012, Claire Harvey is a truly inspirational role model. She has donated a signed Team GB shirt! Frame it and treasure it or wear it and hope some of the magic rubs off! It’s up to you.

Kindly donated by Claire Harvey 

Lot nine

Your picture in OK! Magazine with one of our celebrity guests

Yes, you can be the talk of the town when your picture appears in OK! Magazine!  Be the envy of your friends, and millions of people you have never met when your snap sets tongues wagging!

Kindly donated by OK! Magazine 

Just a few Gold tickets left…

At the Winter Carnival 2014 we will be raising funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust in their 25th Anniversary Year!

There are just a few tickets left for this fabulous party that supports the AKT’s vital work with young LGBT people. If you’ve missed out on a ticket, you can still help.

Just text ALBT25 £10 to 70070

If you are coming to the Winter Carnival - you lucky thing - then stay tuned for news of incredible auction lots and lucky dip prizes!

LGBT History Month Film Screening

Join us at Hogan Lovells for a very special LGBT History Month screening of a fascinating, fun and moving documentary looking at growing up gay in the 50s and 60s and the liberation movement of the 70s and 80s. 

The screening will be followed by a drinks reception kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells.

This will be a fundraiser for Pride in London - a suggested donation of £10 will be collected on the door. 

Doors open at 18.30 and the film will begin at 18.45. 

Watch the trailer and book your tickets

19th February Monthly Meeting: Stonewall Work Equality Index

WEI trailblazers Pinsent Masons are hosting our February meeting at their offices at 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES from 18.30 on Wednesday 19th February. 

We’ll be hearing from Chris Edwards of Stonewall, looking at the best performing law firms and celebrating our achievements in the Work Equality Index

Book your place by emailing us

Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, 16th February 2014 at the Club at the Ivy

This year’s Winter Carnival has a Venetian masked ball theme so we hope the picture gives you some inspiration for your look!

There are a few tickets left, but they are selling fast, so get along to to book yours. 

The Winter Carnival 2014 to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust

Got the New Year’s blues? We have a cure: a night of glamour and fun for a very good cause. 

Mark your diary for Sunday, 16 February for our 5th Annual Winter Carnival to benefit the The Albert Kennedy Trust to support their work with homeless and at risk LGBT youth!

Are you in our fab film of last year’s event?

Tickets are now on sale through the Winter Carnival site and you should follow us on Facebook for updates. The Winter Carnival is always sells out!

We would like to thank our generous co-hosts, the Law Society and CMS. Thanks also to Clifford Chance for sponsoring the VIP drinks reception and to our sponsors Ropes & Gray, Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper, Reed Smith and Nabarro. 

Thanks also to Stephen Manion for the elegant microsite and of course to the Club at the Ivy. 

22 January 2014 Meeting: Getting and beginning a traineeship

Our January meeting is dedicated to the experience of LGBT law students and the challenges of obtaining and starting a training contract. This event always generates insight into how firms are looking at recruitment and ensuring that LGBT trainees are welcomed and supported. 

You will be able to put your questions to a panel of LGBT trainee solicitors and graduate recruitment professionals from top law firms. 

As ever, the meeting will be followed by a networking drinks reception. This is a great chance for law students to meet practising lawyer members of InterLaw and get advice and support on moving into traineeship. 

This event is kindly hosted by BPP at 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY and begins at 18.00.

To book your place email us here

World AIDS Day Raffle and December Holiday Drinks Supporting EJAF


As always at this time of year, the InterLaw Diversity Forum is supporting a charity. This year it is the Elton John AIDS Foundation that provides support to so many organisations around the world combating AIDS and working with communities and individuals. We heard from one of the Trustees, Johnny Bergius at our November meeting and if you were there I am sure you will agree that the Foundation’s work is quite inspirational. They say: ‘Our goal is to create an AIDS free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love and creativity, we know this is possible.’

At our 10 December Holiday Drinks that are very kindly being hosted by Mayer Brown, we will be holding a raffle with some fabulous prizes. And this is where you come in. 


Just make a £10 donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation through the InterLaw JustGiving page. Or you can just text the code ILDF99 and the amount of your donation to 70070. All proceeds go directly to EJAF via JustGiving!

Join us at our Holiday Drinks Hosted by Mayer Brown

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 10 December from 6pm at Mayer Brown for some holiday drinks to celebrate our accomplishments in 2013 for equality in the legal sector and look forward to 2014 which is shaping up to be our biggest year yet. There will also be a few surprises or two in addition to the raffle drawing! Please RSVP here to attend.

The Prizes

  •  A limited edition Marc Quinn Iris Print – as long as donations reach at least £1,000!
  • A man’s or woman’s Melissa Obadash hat
  • Two places at the opening of the Red Hot Exhibition and a print signed by the photographer, Thomas Knights.
  • A magnum of pure and delicious U’luvka Polish vodka with a stylish ice bucket
  • Two pairs of tickets to a production at the Royal Court and a signed playtext
  • Two Platinum tickets to the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival 2014 at The Club at the Ivy
  • Two Gold tickets to the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival 2014 at The Club at the Ivy

Remember, a £10 donation equals one entry in the raffle. The more you give, the more you’re likely to get! Isn’t that always the way in life?

So why not donate now


Tuesday 10th September 2013

Join the Westminster Russia Forum in partnership with the InterLaw Diversity Forum for a unique evening focussing on the controversial issue of LGBT Rights in Russia, with a host of speakers including leading political rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Peter will also talk frankly about his personal experiences in Russia and a panel will be available to foster a discussion about the new laws as well as answer any questions from the audience.

Among the issues due to be discussed are:

  • The recent legislation against the promotion of homosexuality amongst minors and the equalisation of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.
  • The alleged discrimination against minorities in Russia.
  • The religious and cultural context of the new legislation.
  • Whether it is right to extend the debate into other spheres by boycotting Russian Vodka and the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

We are also lucky to be joined by LGBT Paralympian Claire Harvey who will share her views and experiences with us. Claire was the captain of the seated women’s volleyball team during the Paralympics 2012.

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Refreshments from 6pm, Discussion and Q&A 7-9pm

CMS, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4DD

Nearest tube: Barbican

Entry by pre-purchased ticket ONLY

Tickets can be purchased at £10 each from the Westminster Russia Forum here.

(£5 from each ticket sale will benefit the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation)

Westminster Russia Forum (WRF) is a UK-wide apolitical voluntary organisation which seeks to encourage open debate on issues that impact upon the relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia, in the hope of improving understanding and relationships between the two countries. WRF is a large and varied membership-based organisation of those with a genuine interest in Russian politics, history, business and culture.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks (InterLaw Diversity Forum) is an inter-organisational forum for LGBT networks in law firms and all personnel in the legal sector. It has over 1,200 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions, including Simmons & Simmons US securities partner, Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Herbert Smith and Lovells. The InterLaw Diversity Forum’s overall objective is to encourage LGBT diversity and inclusion in the legal sector.

The Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF) seeks to raise awareness, understanding, protection and implementation of human rights, in the UK and worldwide in accordance with established national and international human rights laws. This involves research, education, advice, casework, publicity, lobbying and campaigning for the enforcement and furtherance of humanitarian statutes and values.

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