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Habib Motani

Habib was one of the first ethnic minority partners at a magic circle law firm, and has always seen it as important for young lawyers in the firm to be able to look to him as a role model. He is on the steering committee of the Clifford Chance BAME Network, of which he is a champion. Through this role, he has mentored young lawyers and is currently working with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and HSBC to mutually support the BAME agenda internally. He championed Clifford Chance’s support for London Black Women’s Project, and liaises between Clifford Chance’s Muslim Network and the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy Multifaith Steering Committee. He supports the Society of Asian Lawyers and has held a number of senior positions within the Ismaili Muslim community, such as chair of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board. Habib is a member of the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy Multifaith Steering Group, a trustee of Bow Arts Trust, and actively supports the work of Patchwork Foundation. He has been recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

Habib Motani

Habib was one of the first ethnic minority partners at a magic circle law firm, and has always seen it as important for young lawyers in the Firm to be able to look to him as a role model. He is on the steering committee of the Clifford Chance BAME Network, of which he is a Partner Champion. He uses his role to promote ethnic minority initiatives of the network and of the Firm, particularly by promoting and supporting the younger employees who lead the network. He is also the Partner Champion for Clifford Chance’s support for London Black Women’s Project, and liaison between Clifford Chance’s Muslim Network and the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy Multifaith Steering Committee. He has served on the Committee of the Society of Asian Lawyers, and has held a number of senior positions within the Ismaili Muslim community, such as chair of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board. Habib is a member of the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy Multifaith Steering Group, a trustee of Bow Arts Trust, and actively supports the work of Patchwork Foundation.

Chinwe Odimba-Chapman

Chinwe co-founded the Clifford Chance Black & Minority Ethnic network in 2015 with the primary aim of making BME issues a business priority at Clifford Chance. As co-chair, she has been instrumental in raising awareness of the network, both within the firm and externally. In conjunction with an external D&I consultant, Chinwe organised two campaigns during 2017: the collective voice campaign and the cultivating champions campaign. The former was focused on improving the collective voice of network members and ensuring the network was appropriately representing members’ views and priorities. The latter involved a bespoke lunch and learn session for the most senior leaders of the firm aimed at educating them on ethnic minority issues, improving the visibility of the network and identifying senior allies for the network. The network successfully launched a reverse mentoring programme that has enabled members to connect with the most senior partners and business services staff within the firm. Chinwe was the keynote speaker and a panellist at the Target Jobs Event City Law for Ethnic Minorities in 2017, and is a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation pursuing increased diversity in the legal profession by assisting aspiring solicitors from underrepresented backgrounds.

Habib Motani

As a member of the steering committee for the Clifford Chance BME Network Habib’s role includes organising pro-bono events and supporting the growth of the network. He is the Partner Champion for Clifford Chance’s support for London Black Women’s Project, and has promoted Client co-involvement in the project. He also acts as liaison between Clifford Chance’s Muslim Network and the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy. Externally, Habib has served on the Committee of the Society of Asian Lawyers. Additionally, within the Ismaili Muslim Community he has held a number of senior positions such as chair of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board. He is a member of the Canary Wharf Chaplaincy Multifaith Steering Group, supports the work of Patchwork Foundation and is a trustee of Bow Arts Trust and Engage- the National Association for Gallery Education.

Chinwe Odimba-Chapman

Chinwe co-founded the Clifford Chance Black & Minority Ethnic network in 2015 with the primary aim of making BME issues a business priority for management at Clifford Chance. As co-chair she has been instrumental in raising awareness, both within the firm and externally. She has been particularly focused on fostering and encouraging coaching and mentoring to assist the ongoing development of BME colleagues. As part of this, she has spearheaded the introduction of a bespoke three-part coaching programme and is currently organising a series of lunch and learn sessions for senior management in the firm to highlight some of the key issues facing BME employees. Externally, she has recently been appointed as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, joined the BEIS Professional and Business Services Council – Skills and Inclusion Taskforce, has been identified by the Clifford Chance Women’s Network as a ‘role model’, and was one of 20 women across the firm recently profiled in the Legal 500 publication ‘Advice to My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers’.