23 Jun 2016

Promoting race equality in the legal profession

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Promoting race equality in the legal profession

On 23 June 2016, in conjunction with the Law Society, the Bar Standards Board and the General Council of the Bar, NOTICED organised an event focusing on promoting race equality in the legal profession.

The event was chaired by Robert Bourne, Vice President of the Law Society, and was attended by a select number of race equality specialists, BAME lawyers, academicians and race equality allies.

Professor Lisa Webley from the University of Westminster focused on identifying knowledge gaps in the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) experience and she presented some statistics on the demographics of law students. This was followed by Dr Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust, looking at what we can learn from other sectors working towards equality and inclusion, including by monitoring, using targets, through leadership and with diverse panels. Paulette Mastin, Chair of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN), looked at practical challenges and cultural mind-sets.Law,

In the group discussions, delegates discussed recruitment and retention.

Our Co-Chair, Sid Shukla, commented, “Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increased emphasis on progression of BAME lawyers within the profession. It seems that whilst many of the City firms have achieved some success in increasing the number of BAME trainees, progression of BAME lawyers to senior positions continues to remain a challenge. But I am hopeful that this will change soon.”

A key outcome of the event will be the publication of a report with recommendations to take forward the findings from the session.