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StandOUT was established to represent the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+) experience at Bird & Bird, and promote equality and inclusion in the workplace for LGBTQ+ staff and allies. It provides a supportive community for members to share experiences, thoughts, insights and ideas on LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as the broader culture of our firm. The network: 

  • is a safe space for people to explore and discuss LGBTQ+ inclusion, both within and outside of the workplace 
  • celebrates, and raises awareness of, the experiences and historical moments of importance of LGBTQ+ communities (e.g. LGBTQ+ History Month, Pride) 
  • provides guidance to Bird & Bird leadership to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion in the firm’s policies, activities, communications and overall D&I approach    


  • Legal Best - we are part of Legal Best, a group of law firms which encourages members of staff to engage with LGBTQ+ inclusion through organising events, networking opportunities and forums for discussion.
  • Stonewall Diversity Champions - we are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme

Hear from our members

Vincent Rezzouk Hammachi

Vincent Rezzouk-Hammachi

I feel our firm has a true and sincere commitment to celebrate all differences, whether based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity and much more...

Progress through pride: Episode 1

Vincent Rezzouk-Hammachi and Jess Lin talk about navigating the world of business as members of the LGBTQ+ communities – how they overcame their fear of being open at work, what has helped them along the way, and the progress they’d still like to see.

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Progress through pride: Episode 2

Francesca Longsworth and Jonathon Ellis talk about the power of assumptions, the confidence that comes with time and seniority, and how allyship has evolved to create a more LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace.

Listen here

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