Following a comprehensive review, international legal practice Osborne Clarke was highly commended for DEI and subsequently named as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) champion within BT Group's existing legal panel alongside BCLP, CMS and Addleshaw Goddard.
In 2020, BT Group committed to placing diversity and inclusion at the heart of the selection process for its next legal panel, which will be confirmed in 2024, by promising that the firm with the best results in these fields would see its place on the roster automatically renewed. Since then, BT Group has worked collaboratively with all of its panel firms to understand not only how they’re increasing diversity in their workforce, but also the steps they’re taking to foster inclusivity in their working environments. While many firms were identified as making excellent progress in these areas, Addleshaw Goddard, BCLP, Osborne Clarke and CMS were distinguished by their ability to provide clear evidence of actions they’ve taken across various levels of seniority and geographic regions.
"Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our culture and it's fantastic to be able to work with clients that share those values whilst providing first class client service."
Jon Fell, BT Group's key client Partner at Osborne Clarke, said: "Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our culture and it's fantastic to be able to work with clients that share those values whilst providing first class client service. We are delighted to be recognised for all the work we are doing to help make our business, communities, and the telecoms sector more diverse and inclusive. We look forward to carrying on the work we do alongside BT and our fellow panel firms."
Osborne Clarke works with many of the leading players in the UK telecoms market including telecoms operators, mobile service providers, platform providers, infrastructure companies and technology suppliers around the world giving it a broad understanding of the wider communications industry.