Pupil barrister among lawyers making LGBT power list

A pupil barrister is among the lawyers named as business leaders of the future in a power list compiled by LGBT professional network OUTstanding.

The list of 30 was topped by another lawyer, K&L Gates associate Aritha Wickramasinghe, who previously was chair of Clifford Chance’s LGBT network Arcus and has led a number of LGBT pro bono matters both at K&L Gates and Clifford Chance.

Pupil barrister Mohsin Zaidi of 6 KBW College Hill featured at number 26 on the list. Formerly an associate at Linklaters, he was appointed as the first general counsel of Pride in London in 2015, becoming the first lawyer on the board.

Slaughter and May associate Krishna Omkar was placed fifteenth, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton senior associate Jim Ho was 25th. Ho said: “I am deeply honoured to be named in the inaugural OUTstanding & Financial Times LGBT Future Business Leaders List. I hope that this list shows that being out is not an impediment to your career.” 

Meanwhile, 11 lawyers featured on OUTstanding’s list of 100 leading LGBT executives – a drop from the 15 represented last year. The highest-placed lawyer was Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills’ global head of disputes and Asia/Australia managing partner, while Pinsent Masons senior partner David Isaac was two places behind in 29th. 

Four lawyers made the list of 30 leading ‘ally’ executives, which was topped by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. They are King & Wood Mallesons’ European chief operating officer Rachel Reid, who placed tenth; Maria Leistner, the EMEA general counsel for Crédit Suisse (fourteenth); Nicola Rabson, Linklaters’ global head of employment & incentives (fifteenth); and Slaughter and May senior partner Chris Saul (23rd).

Leading LGBT executives    
27 Justin D’Agostino Asia & Australia managing partner Herbert Smith Freehills
29 David Isaac Senior partner Pinsent Masons
45 Daniel Winterfeldt Head of international capital markets CMS
47 Jim Ford Co-chair of global life sciences Allen & Overy
49 Matthew Flood Global General Counsel Ingeus
69 Narind Singh Partner Clifford Chance
71 Stacey Friedman General Counsel JPMorgan Chase & Co
72 Tim Ehinger Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel American Express
89 Jonathan Lawrence Co-head of Islamic Finance K&L Gates
90 Tim Hailes Managing Director & Associate General Counsel JP Morgan
100 Kyri Evagora Chair of energy and natural resources Reed Smith
   Future Business Leaders    
1 Aritha Wickramasinghe Associate K&L Gates
15 Krishna Omkar Associate Slaughter and May
25 Jim Ho Senior Associate Cleary Gottlieb
26 Mohsin Zaidi Pupil 6 KBW College Hill
   Leading ally executives    
10 Rachel Reid European chief operating officer King & Wood Mallesons
14 Maria Leistner General counsel, EMEA for Credit Suisse Credit Suisse
15 Nicola Rabson Global head of employment & incentives Linklaters
23 Chris Saul Senior partner Slaughter and May


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