Award-winning BBC journalist Myrie to host DLT2014 launch event

Award-winning international journalist and BBC News Channel presenter Clive Myrie is to host the 2014 Diversity League Table launch event this year. The event will take place on the 29th October, at the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, this year’s host sponsor. Myrie will also chair the Diversity Panel Discussion and audience Q&A which is an important part of the event.

Stephen Parish, Chairman and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for Norton Rose Fulbright said, “Creating a more diverse profession remains one of the biggest challenges facing law firms today. We take these issues very seriously and The Black Solicitor’s Network and its annual Diversity League Table are key to ensuring that we generate debate and track progress in this very important area”.

The Diversity League Table (DLT) initiative is sponsored by the Law Society of England and Wales, and supported by the Bar Council and the Legal Services Board.

The deadline for Diversity League Table submissions has been extended slightly to close-of-business on Friday 4th July. This is to accommodate those who have already started and have requested some additional time to make amendments.

Firms and chambers who are considering taking part and have not yet contacted the office, should do so immediately to see how their submission might be accommodated this year. The DLT lead is Godwin Ohajah and he can be contacted using the following email: diversity@blacksolicitorsnetwork.co.uk

The launch event is free to attend and priority will be given to representatives from those firms and chambers who have participated in this year’s Diversity League Table.

More details, including the full line up of panel guests and the booking details, will be released in the coming weeks and months.



  • About Clive Myrie: A career spanning more than two decades, Clive Myrie was born in Bolton, studying law at Sussex University before switching to journalism. He has reported from some of the world’s hottest hotspots, including Kosovo, Palestine and Afghanistan. During his time as a US correspondent he has covered events which, in the context equality and diversity, could be considered very high and also depressingly low. He covered the inauguration of President Obama in 2009, but there was also the time, as he is quoted as saying, “went down to Mississippi and interviewed a man who had survived a lynching.” A truly diverse career, he brings a richness of experiences and, perhaps too, a broader context to the event discussions.
  • Link to a Clive Myrie broadcast (24.06.14):http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0485vml/the-papers-24062014
  • Digital DLT2014: The plan is for DLT2014 to be available online at launch. An interactive digital publication, we are looking at new software that will make it compatible across a number of platforms: PC, iPad and smart phone, as well as possible offline access via an App. The software also allows for the potential of interactive adverts and also video. Ultimately, this will allow for considerable and global exposure, instantly from launch
  • Regional Diversity: We are committed to a UK-wide approach to diversity reporting and support. There will also be a Regional Diversity Event to mark the release of the findings. This will be hosted by DWF in Manchester, and is supported by the Manchester Law Society. Date tbc.
  • UK Diversity Legal Awards: this event will take place on 18th November at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. The awards themselves will open for submissions w/c 14thJuly. More details will be released over the coming days/weeks.