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Paul is the Executive Sponsor of Slaughter and May’s BAME network, and the Lead Partner on the firm’s Race Working Group. The Race Fairness Action Plan he commissioned and led was designed to embed and drive racial equality by improving how the firm recruits, retains and promotes BAME talent. Paul also launched a pilot scheme in which each trainee lawyer was assigned a partner to be their mentor for the duration of their training contract in order to increase inclusivity amongst the BAME population and achieve higher retention rates. This scheme sits alongside the reverse mentoring program Paul launched, which pairs BAME employees with business leaders in the belief that inclusive leadership styles can be developed by consulting different viewpoints. Paul also sponsored the firm’s first Race Equality Week and hosted and chaired the 2020 Black History Month event, which recorded attendance double that of previous years.

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