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In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. HP has taken this mandate a step further – saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Kim Rivera, HP’s chief legal officer and general counsel, announced the Palo Alto-based company’s policy in a letter to partner law firms on 8 February. HP implemented its directive, Rivera wrote, to “emphasise the business imperative to make meaningful strides in diversity” at partner firms.

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