Twelve major law firms have agreed to sign up and provide funding to a diversity and inclusion organisation set up by many of Europe’s most influential general counsel.

Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance are among the firms to have been named as lead partners by General Counsel for Diversity & Inclusion, a group comprising more than 100 in-house legal heads from across the U.K. and Europe.