Claudine previously led the sub group for ethnicity and social mobility within Mishcon de Reya LLP’s Diversity Committee. Visibility within the firm and industry is important to Claudine. As such, she is a mentor to startups on the firm’s tech incubator, co-leads the Women in Law series (and has arranged for the first black woman to speak on the programme – Funke Abimbola MBE). She has organised and hosted events at the firm – from insight days for BAME school leavers to launch events for The Student Development Co’s initiatives. Claudine founded The SDC which focuses on providing career related support to 16-24 year olds from less privileged backgrounds, around 85% of whom are BAME. As part of this she developed a mobile app called Career Ear to provide further support. Claudine is an active senior member of The Law Collective which provides support to black aspiring lawyers and puts pressure on the industry to tackle racism. In the last 12 months, Claudine helped two mentees to obtain training contracts, another obtain a job at her firm and another obtain a vacation scheme placement at her firm. Claudine has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including: Brummell Ones to Watch 2018, UK Social Mobility Awards Highly Commended Rising Star 2017, The BBBA Rising Star in professional services (finalist) 2016, Future Powerlistee 2016, and WeAreTheCity Rising Star 2016.
A key member of Mishcon de Reya’s Diversity Committee, Claudine led the sub group for ethnicity and social mobility, and has been relied upon to attend and represent the firm at external diversity events. She is also responsible for lining up diverse speaker programmes for internal and external events. In 2014 Claudine founded The Student Development Co. and runs it in her spare time. She also mentors BAME students, and has been regularly interviewed by publications such as The Financial Times and The Voice on the impact of the pay gap on BAME employees, among other topics. As social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, Claudine has also recently spoken at the ENEI social inclusion conference. Additionally, Claudine was a BBBA Rising Star in professional services finalist in 2016, was on the Future Powerlist 2016, and was the only black woman in the 40 under 40 disrupters in Property Week 2015.