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…

201907.22
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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…

201812.24
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BSN’s December 2018 Newsletter

Diversity and inclusion role models, champions and leaders were honoured at the 9th Annual UK Diversity Legal Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 21 November at the prestigious Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London! This year we were delighted to showcase an incredible line-up of finalists representing a broad spectrum of diversity, including gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental…

201810.23
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Big Voice London: Model Law Commission

Big Voice London, a youth legal and social mobility charity is looking for volunteers for their upcoming Model Law Commission conference. Big Voice London seeks to engage young people from non-traditional backgrounds in law and legal policy, with the aim of improving access to the profession. For more information please visit www.bigvoicelondon.co.uk. The charity is…

201809.15
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BSN – Join us today!

The Black Solicitors Network is an award winning not-for-profit organisation of 20+ years standing, committed to achieving equality of access, retention and promotion of black solicitors.  Our membership has grown markedly over the years, but we remain keen to encourage more like-minded individuals to join our network.  Membership is open to aspiring and practising solicitors/lawyers and non-lawyers…

201801.30
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BSN News Update – January 2018

BSN reported in November 2017 that the Law Society intended to issue proceedings for a judicial review of the government’s decision to implement further cuts to payments made to solicitors doing criminal legal aid work. On the 25th January 2018, the Law Society issued proceedings. The further cut to criminal legal aid payments was implemented…