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Linklaters and Clifford Chance latest firms to pay for gender reassignment surgery

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Transitioning support also available for lawyers and support staff

Both magic circlers, Linklaters and Clifford Chance, have confirmed that they have updated their insurance policies to include gender reassignment surgery cover. Linklaters’ new policy came into effect on 1 March and Clifford Chance’s will come in on 1 May 2019.

The vast majority of firms offer private medical insurance as an employee benefit. A few firms have now updated their policies to include sex change surgery. In February of last year, Legal Cheek reported that Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) was the first firm to offer it.

Gender reassignment surgery is available on the NHS but there are waiting lists. The British Medical Journal reported last summer that numbers attending NHS clinics for gender dysphoria had grown by a staggering 240% over the previous five years.

As well as introducing the new policy, firms are also beginning to offer transitioning support and policies. Linklaters launched a toolkit as early as back in 2016 for transgender staff going through the sex transition. HSF did the same with its ‘Global Transitioning Guidelines’. Hogan Lovells was the first firm to offer a transgender workplace policy setting out what support the firm offers for transitioning individuals and practical tips for colleagues.

In a statement, Linklaters’ global head of learning and an LGBT committee representative, Patrick McCann, said:

“This step reflects the firm’s commitment to be best in class for diversity and inclusion in the legal sector, supporting our people as their employer, whatever their journey may be. The new benefit highlights the value we place on creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels comfortable and that they belong.”

A Clifford Chance spokesperson confirmed: “It has already been agreed to update our medical insurance policy to cover gender reassignment surgery. The change will come into effect from the forthcoming renewal on 1 May 2019.”

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37 Comments

Anonymous

The best thing a Links or CC minion can do is to transition to a good firm, like the mighty Greenberg Glusker LLP.

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me

I’d recommend a transition to HogLove!

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Anonymous

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me

pretty!

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Anonymous

US firms > Ma-Trash Circle

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anon

Don’t you have GCSEs to revise for?

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Anonymous

No but I have your mum to screw

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Anonymous

Liposuction for anorexics?

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someone

Nah, anorexics are not hip enough!

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Pat Bateman

I’m Hip to Be Square.

Did you know that Whitney Houston’s first album, called simply Whitney Houston, had 4 number one singles on it?

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someone

How could I live to the ripe age of 48 without knowing that?

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Anonymous

LLL

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Anonymous

Top

Anonymous

Underrated comment.

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Gerontion

How about they spend some of that money hiring more associates, thus reducing the workload on lawyers, improving their mental and physical health? Oh wait, this is simply virtue signalling of the worst kind, pandering to visible minorities rather than looking out for the welfare of people in general.

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Trans Lawyer

You realise the number of trans employees is so small that the cost of this is de minimis, right?

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Anonymous

Which makes it an even worse case of virtue signalling, then.

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Anonymous

What kind of transactional work do you do?

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Anonymous

You know a culture is dying when it becomes overly-obsessed with fringe sexual lifestyles.

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Yangenkrieg

Conversely the only culture which is doing the very opposite of dying – Islam – is very unapologetic in its misogyny, homophobia and transphobia

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Anonymous

All things considered, it may not be a bad thing. Let’s face it, the writing is on the wall for the western civilisation.

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Anonymous

I mean, none of it was actually factually incorrect was it?

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nylonboy

Free nylons for all?

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Anonymous

Is CMS a top firm? I am thinking about transitioning from McMillan Williams Solicitors in Bognor Regis. The prospect of working for the 6th largest law firm by headcount makes me excited and will spark joy. McMillan Williams does not spark joy.

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Anonymous

CMS is top. Not as top as DWF or Irwin Mitchell. But still a top, top, top firm.

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Anonymous

Titan top

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Anonymous

Not nearly as top top top turd top as SPB is

Holy fuck so good

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Anonymous

I’m tempted to get a job there, get my gender reassigned, then get my gender re-reassigned

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Anonymous

The BMJ hyperlink simply links to another Legal Cheek article.

A 240% increase is indeed staggering. It would be interesting to know whether this was due to better diagnosis or, as I heavily suspect, because far more people have gender dysphoria now than has ever been the case throughout the course of human history.

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Anonymous

If 1 person visited the clinic in 2014 and 4 people visited the clinic in 2019, then this would lead to a 300% increase in visits.

The increase in actual terms is likely less staggering than the percentage might suggest.

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Anonymous

One way to close the gender pay gap, I suppose.

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Anonymous

Trainees – they’ve got you by the balls

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Anonymous

Most firms won’t pay for external training courses (involving employees giving up time outside of the workplace) but happily find virtue signalling nonsense like this which is available on the NHS.

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Anonymous

I’m sorry but the first paragraph has an apostrophe in the wrong place for Linklaters it should be Linklater’s instead of Linklaters’

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Anon

You are wrong.

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Anonymous

I suppose it is one way to improve the impression given by the female retention figures.

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Anonymous

Interesting that you assume only men would transition to being women and there couldn’t be a woman transitioning the other way…

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