BSN congratulates Stephanie Boyce as she takes up the role of President of the Law Society of England and Wales
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Congratulations, Stephanie Boyce!
As Stephanie takes up the role of President of the Law Society of England and Wales, the first of African Caribbean descent, the Black Solicitors Network wish to seize the opportunity to congratulate The Law Society for walking the talk in leading the profession in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Up to 25 years ago, the profession was in denial about the issue of race and its impact on how Black and Asian aspirants and professionals felt treated. A small group of sole practitioners felt the need, in 1995, to band together in a network to forge a united front from where to fight for a level of equal status and inclusion, and formed the Black Solicitors Network. The Law Society, the then Legal Aid Board and others gave a receptive ear, and together we have led the way in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion. The figures are encouraging for Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors within the profession as compared to the proportion we form of the national population as a whole. There is still work to be done on the retention and promotion of minorities into senior positions within larger firms and on the sustainability of smaller firms, particularly in publicly funded work where most of us practice. However, the sight of Stephanie assuming the presidency, with Lubna Shuja (Vice President of The Law Society), closely following on her heels, gives us much encouragement.
Stephanie’s presidency of The Law Society is a historic achievement for our profession and our community. We salute and support you!