We have worked closely with our clients to adopt recruitment policies that proactively support diversity and enables contributions from a variety of perspectives.
We work with our clients to understand how to respond to culture and gender assumptions and how to better recognise leadership potential. We help our clients to critically examine workplace cultures to ensure that all their lawyers can meaningfully participate in career development and profile raising opportunities.
Mimoza Fleur has pioneered the issue of diversity and inclusion within the legal recruitment industry. We were one of the first, and remain one of the very few search firms that has diversity and inclusivity at its core.
We have partnered with many of the City of London’s leading law firms including Sidley Austin, MacFarlanes, Arnold & Porter, Bird & Bird, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Doresey & Whitney, to deliver seminars, discussions and lectures on issues addressing unconscious bias, imposter syndrome, agile working, how to create inclusive cultures, addressing gender bias, authenticity in the corporate world and, the virtues of mentoring and sponsorship schemes.
We are also proud to have signed the Recruitment Agency Race Fairness Commitment in an effort to improve racial diversity in the legal profession.
Our diversity and inclusion focus has a particular emphasis on how women’s family planning, and specifically, trying to conceive journeys, can impact upon careers and career trajectories. We work closely with lawyers and law firms to encourage workplace support for women and men around the world who are struggling with infertility whilst navigating careers, to help organisations better understand what they are and what they are not doing to support and respond to their employees, and what measures they can put in place to support fertility preservation.
Mimoza Fleur’s founder and CEO, Somaya Ouazzani, is one third of the In/Fertility in the City trio were who won the Age and Life Stage Initiative of the Year at the inaugural Women & Diversity in Law Awards in March 2023. The work they are continuing to promote, including their popular events and podcast, is having a real impact on changing the working culture for those trying to start a family by focusing on raising awareness of how fertility struggles can impact upon wellbeing and mental health, how a better understanding of – and response – to these struggles facilitates more meaningful gender equality in the workplace and it has sought to properly highlight how the trying to conceive journey impacts upon so many, but particularly at a certain age, life and career stage.
I am very grateful to have met Somaya in November 2018 as a co-speaker for the Women Lawyers and Mothers Group. I was immediately impressed with Somaya’s commitment to equality and diversity in the law and particularly towards encouraging more women to step into leadership positions. We share a common passion for the development of our profession and I really admire Mimoza Fleur’s forward thinking attitude toward recruitment in the legal sector.
Hannah Beko – Real Estate Partner and Founder | Authentically Speaking
She happens to be an amazing advocate for greater inclusivity and diversity in the legal profession.
Cynthia Jakes – Founder | Women Lawyers & Mothers Group
Somaya is well aware of the need for diversity in recruiting and retaining talent, and the importance of both acknowledging and addressing the difficulties with current law firm processes. Somaya offers a perspective from a number of firms and candidates, and can use that experience to offer concrete advice and examples of best (and worst!) practice to assist individual candidates and firms.
Jacqueline Mulryne, Life Sciences Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP London