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HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases requirethat outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. HP Inc. 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 Feb. 8. HP implemented its directive, Rivera wrote, to “emphasize the business imperative to make meaningful strides in diversity” at partner firms.

“With this we can withhold up to 10% of all amounts invoiced by law firms that do not meet or exceed our minimal diverse staffing requirements,” Rivera, HP’s general counsel since November 2015, wrote.

Read the whole story at National Law Journal

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