Why diversity matters for Chambers Brazil
As the Brazilian legal market grows in size and global influence, we are delighted to produce our inaugural Chambers Brazil Guide. This development comes along with the evolution of our own research processes, continuously updated in line with the latest technology, sector developments and client needs. The Brazil Guide enables us to now include more in-depth coverage of ranked firms and individuals than ever before.
In line with our core values we have ensured that, as the Brazil Guide separates from its previous incorporation in the Latin America Guide, we continue to focus on diversity and inclusion through independent, data-led research.
As such, we have updated the submission document template to include diversity statistics, enabling us to clearly measure the presence of diverse lawyers in each department within a law firm for the first time. We also aim to interview an even split male and female partners in our research. These changes increase our understanding of the demographics of practice areas, enabling us to better reflect the diversity of the profession.
These changes to our research have been carried out in conjunction with all research teams receiving D&I training and addressing the impact of gendered language in editorial. This is part of an ongoing initiative to enhance our research processes and ensure they are free from unconscious bias.
The D&I stats uncovered
As a consequence of this positive action taken by our editorial, D&I and leadership teams, there has been a 3% increase, from 19% to 22%, in the total number of women ranked in the Brazil Guide in 2021 compared to the rankings from the Latin America 2020 Guide. Further, in 2021, 31% of all ‘Up and Coming’ and ‘Associate to Watch’ designations were given to women. These results are positive and show an upward trajectory, but we know there remains a long way to go to ensure our rankings are reflective of the diversity of the profession.
In addition to our focus on the diversity of our rankings, we were delighted to hold a virtual format of the Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards: Latin America in December 2020. Among many fantastic organisations and individuals ranked, the ‘Outstanding Firm for D&I: Brazil’ award went to Daniel Law, Aloizio Ribeiro Lima of Lefosse Advogados won the individual ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award, and Ajinomoto do Brasil were highly commended in the ‘Outstanding Company for Furthering Diversity & Inclusion’ award for in-house legal teams. We also held a fantastic webinar with Daniel Law and a panel of expert in-house counsel, titled ‘Overcoming challenges and successfully driving gender and racial parity from pipeline to leadership’.
A rise in Pro Bono across Brazil
We have been delighted to see an increased focus on D&I and pro bono from many firms across Brazil and we will continue to raise awareness and share best practice for D&I and pro bono through events and digital content. Similarly, collaborating to collect and track D&I data is essential to making progress in this respect, and particularly for our rankings to reflect the breadth of talent in the legal profession across the globe. By working together on this vital movement, together we can achieve this goal.