The Law Society Gazette reports that HP has issued a ‘diversity holdback’ mandate to ensure that the external legal advice it receives is consistent with the company's diversity values. The policy applies to race or ethnicity, gender, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) status, and disability status. A female, racially or ethnically diverse attorney who performs or manages at least 10% of the billable hours would meet the requirement.

Will other companies follow suit? The mandate underlines the importance clients put on a diverse workforce.