BSN shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Excellence Award
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BSN shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Excellence Award

We are excited to announce that BSN has been shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Excellence Award – Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion!  This award showcases successful and innovative examples of best practice in the promotion of diversity, inclusion and social mobility, which is so important, now more than ever.  Law Society of England and Wales president Simon…

202008.18
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The Law Society request for information re SMP cuts

The Law Society is trying to understand the impact that the drop in billing due to Covid-19 has had on SMPs. If you would like to participate and are happy to talk to the Law Society, please answer the below questions by e-mail: defendinglegalaid@lawsociety.org.uk Has your SMP been cut by the LAA since the start…

202003.30
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Mayson Review | Cordella Bart-Stewart

What is it about – The regulation of legal services and those who provide them. The Legal Services Act 2007 created a new framework for the regulation of legal services and those who provide them. It sets out eight regulatory objectives that regulators must promote, affirmed the six pre-existing ‘reserved legal activities’, which are legal…

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Criminal Legal Aid Review – An Accelerated package of measures amending the criminal legal aid fee schemes | Joe Mensah-Dankwah

Our Response About Us The Black Solicitors’ Network (BSN) was formed in 1995 to promote the interests of black solicitors, to support and share information and to participate in consultations, initiated by the Law Society and other Government bodies, in relation to matters which affect black solicitors. Between 2003 & 2013, the BSN was recognised…

201911.04
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Celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UK Diversity Legal Awards.  An initiative of the Black Solicitors Network, these Awards remain the only industry awards in the UK which focus solely on recognising, promoting and celebrating outstanding achievement in equality, diversity and inclusion across the legal profession. 2019 is a bumper year for these…

201910.15
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Paulette Mastin: UK Legal Employers Can Do More to Advance the Careers of Lawyers of Colour

Interview by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, 2019 – a direct link to this article is provided within Paulette Mastin, Counsel at Linklaters within the Capital Markets practice, started her career with an investment bank but found her calling to the law when she was assisted on a House of Lords case involving derivative…

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Newsletter – Summer 2019

Dear Colleague, We hope you’re enjoying the great British summer so far! We are delighted to share with you our pipeline of initiatives and events for the coming months. We hope you will agree these present exciting opportunities to get involved with BSN’s unique platform of services which benefit its members and stakeholders alike. We appreciate and…

201903.30
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Ethnic diversity in practice – how to bridge the gap

Article for the Chartered Management Institute, by Paulette Mastin The economic and moral case for ethnic diversity in the workplace is well-rehearsed. McKinsey’s 2018 research on diversity in the workplace revealed that companies with the most ethnically diverse executive teams are 33% more likely to outperform their peers on profitability. This is a compelling business…

201902.09
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Black Solicitors Network’s response to the Government’s Ethnicity Pay Reporting consultation: January 2019

“BSN welcomes the introduction of ethnicity pay reporting. Despite race discrimination legislation in the field of employment being in place for over 40 years it, broadly, remains the case that those from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to work in low skilled, low paid jobs. Further, within a legal services sector, whilst there has…