New guidelines implemented in London office 
Baker McKenzie, has announced the implementation of Transition at Work Guidelines in its London office, seeking to address and increase awareness of gender transition in the workplace. This follows the implementation of the Firm's North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, announced in July 2017, and will further support our wider Global Code of Business Conduct.
Developed in consultation with Trans Inclusivity Consultancy Global Butterflies, the London office policy provides guidelines to support transitioning employees and ensure that the Firm, and all relevant managers and employees, support individuals through their transition.  This includes, for example, a Workplace Transition Plan which provides a framework for the transitioning individual, their line manager and HR to follow. 
Harry Small, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global LGBT+ initiative and this year's Stonewall Global Senior Champion, said: "At Baker McKenzie we are proud of our Not Neutral stance on LGBT+ equality: we insist on full acceptance of all LGBT+ individuals and we do not permit or tolerate discrimination. We recognise that we have a responsibility to create an environment which is inclusive to all, and while we have made great strides in this space, we need constantly  to increase our understanding of the needs and challenges faced by the trans community and to meet those needs. So, I am proud that today we have launched these new guidelines so that all trans employees feel they are fully supported at our Firm."
Baker McKenzie is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its lawyers and staff. In July, the Firm was named one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers 2017; the definitive list showcasing the best multinational employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff, and in January, the Firm ranked 7th in Stonewall's 2017 Workplace Equality Index. Staff involvement in diversity issues is encouraged through focus groups and activities such as our LGBT+ and Allies network which over one-third of employees in Baker McKenzie's London office are members. The firm also supports a number of LGBT community groups, including Just Like Us and The London Gay Men's Chorus.
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