The Black Solicitors Network (BSN) was formed in 1995 to promote the interests of black solicitors, provide professional support and share information, inform and influence D&I best practice and participate in consultations initiated by The Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Government and other regulatory bodies in relation to matters which affect black and minority ethnic solicitors.
A not-for-profit company, the Black Solicitors Network aims to be the primary voice of black solicitors in England and Wales.
The BSN is committed to achieving equality of access, retention and promotion of existing and aspiring black solicitors within the legal profession and those seeking to enter the profession. The BSN is proud to have won several prestigious awards since its inception for its extensive work in striving towards an equal profession, including:
- 2006: The Law Society Equality Award – Outstanding Contribution to promoting Race Equality
- 2015: Inclusive Networks Award - Inter-Sector Network of the Year
- 2018: Inclusive Companies 2018 Award – Outstanding Diversity Network
Over the years the BSN’s membership has grown to several thousand and continues to grow. An inclusive rather than exclusive organisation, our reputation is such that we attract and welcome, members from across the cultural and diversity spectrum.
Aims & Objectives
Our principal aims are to:
- Represent Black solicitors, and ensure that their views are articulated and heard within the profession, The Law Society, media and other relevant bodies.
- Promote equality and challenge discrimination within the profession
- Provide pastoral care and support
- Deliver practical educational seminars for all members
- Provide a series of networking, business and social events
- The Black Solicitors Network also aims to continue to be the primary voice of black solicitors in England and Wales.
The BSN works with a range of partners and associates which include; corporate law firms, banks, and government institutions, here and abroad. Additionally we also work with smaller niche companies and organisations to ensure that a wide range of members' needs can be supported at any one time.
As a network we feel it is important to continue to meet and engage with new and diverse organisations, and so always invite and welcome approaches from potential new partners.
If you have an idea, arrangement or project that you feel might benefit our members, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always happy to explore new possibilities and work with new partners.
If you're interested in getting involved with existing BSN initiatives then go to Working with BSN
Working with the BSN
Working with the BSN gives you access to a cross-section of future and current legal professionals – from across the diversity spectrum. By making the BSN a strategic business and marketing partner, you can position your company, brand and message alongside one of the most authoritative voices on diversity and inclusion issues in the UK legal profession.
We current offer many unique and inspirational opportunities to get involved, including:
Publications: Such as highly regarded annual Diversity League Table report, which offers case study, editorial, sponsorship and advertising opportunities. in both print and digital formats
Events: A rolling programme of small and major events, conferences, career workshops and our a UK Diversity Legal Awards dinner, will provide you with significant branding and engagement opportunities for your company.
Recruitment: Working with us to support your recruitment drives – at all levels - will give you focus and targeted access to exactly the right type and calibre of candidates required to meet a diversity of your business needs.