Ray Berg

Managing partner, Osborne Clarke
Berg has been a corporate lawyer for more than 25 years – but his background differs from most of his peers. His father was a cab driver, his mother worked in a factory and Berg went to the local state school in Wembley. He was the first person in his family to go to uni. Now, as managing partner of law firm Osborne Clarke, he’s passionate about building a diverse and inclusive workplace. He’s reduced the pay gap at partner level by 13%, launched a female senior associate development programme and rolled out unconscious bias training. He also has a gender balanced executive team, promotes flexible working, and offers one of the most generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave packages in the legal sector.

She Says: "Ray mentored me when I was a junior partner. At the time, I was the only female part-time partner in the London office and I have four kids. There were many days when I doubted myself. Ray's support was critical, not for the technical side of the job, but for navigating the different invisible barriers. He gave me the confidence to have a voice in the firm." Victoria Parry, partner, Osborne Clarke