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Annette is Co-lead of the Freshfields’ global Black Affinity Network, which by networking and her sharing her experiences as a Real Estate partner has increased awareness in relation to diversity in the organisation. Under her leadership the flagship Freshfields Stephen Lawrence scholarship scheme identifies and, by a bespoke 15-month programme, develops scholars, annually including 160+ Freshfields senior leaders, lawyers and other personnel, evolving organisational culture and challenging unconscious biases by its central place in the business. Externally, her focus on the disproportionate under-representation of black and mixed-race males from low-income families and lack of direct role models in large commercial law firms includes connecting with  60 universities nationally to locate and nominate to the scheme exceptionally-talented first-year students who might fall under the radar.

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