BSN Newsletter – Autumn 2020

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Dear Members,  After what has been a turbulent year so far, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.  There have been many challenges facing black and minority ethnic communities in...

BSN City Group – Connecting across the distances

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The BSN Junior Lawyers Group (JLG) was proud to be involved in BSN City Group’s ‘Connecting across the distances’ sessions over the summer. We recognise that many of our members have been personally affected by...

Winmark Foundation – CLO Network scholarships

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BSN is delighted to partner with the Winmark Foundation in supporting three scholarship memberships of the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) network to our members who are in-house lawyers. CLO sits at the heart of Winmark’s...

BSN City Group and JLG: Connecting across the distances

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Connecting across the distances is now more important than ever. While social distancing has affected BSN City Group’s programme of events for 2020, we are looking to organise events and webinars to support our members working remotely....
Junior lawyers – SBA has got your back

Junior lawyers – SBA has got your back

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Do you work closely with Junior Lawyers? If so, SBA – The Solicitors’ Charity needs your help in reaching those at the start of their careers. Please share this post with your colleagues. By now,...

BSN’s Statement

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The Black Solicitors Network is committed to justice and equality under the law for all people regardless of race, colour or creed.  We are horrified by the manner of the death of Mr George Floyd...

BSN/Accenture Legal Internship July 2020

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BSN is once again delighted to be collaborating with leading professional services/consulting firm, Accenture, to offer an exciting opportunity for BSN student members to undertake a summer internship programme within its legal team. We invite our members who...

COVID-19 Police Interview Protocol

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A national Interview Protocol between National Police Chiefs’ Council, Crown Prosecution Service, The Law Society, Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association has been agreed. This guidance is intended to assist investigators...

BSN Spring Newsletter 2020

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Dear members, As we come to terms with the unprecedented and profound impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we at BSN are focusing on how we can best support each other.  In light of the...

BSN Creating Pathways Committee: We’re recruiting

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Creating Pathways was conceived in 2014, and is considered the first initiative of its kind for BAME lawyers working in private practice and in-house. BAME lawyers suffer higher attrition rates than their non-BAME colleagues. In...

BSN Annual General Meeting 2020

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Thank you to all of you who attended our AGM on Monday 13 January 2020. We hope you found the evening informative.  If you would like to download a copy of the presentation, please click...

Black History Month 2019 Newsletter

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15 October 2019 Dear members, Black History Month is here and we at BSN are excited to share with you our roster of inspirational events for the month of October, showcasing outstanding achievements and contributions...

BSN North Summer Interprofessional Event

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BSN North held its first-ever summer interprofessional networking event earlier this month. With over 100 sign-ups, the positive response to the event highlighted the great demand for professional events that provide an inclusive space for...

BSN Jobs Board: Legal Roles with Mi5 and Mi6

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We are delighted to advertise for the recruitment of a Legal Advisor and an Assistant Legal Adviser on behalf of Mi5 and Mi6 to our network of members. Please continue reading for further information, and...

Newsletter – Summer 2019

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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...

Ethnic diversity in practice – how to bridge the gap

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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...

ACCA Panel Member Recruitment

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) are recruiting for the following roles: Chair Lay panel members Accountant panel member, including accountants with audit expertise Regulatory Assessor (auditor) Successful applicants will join ACCA’s panel of...

BSN’s December 2018 Newsletter

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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...

Big Voice London: Model Law Commission

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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...

SRA Board recruitment

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The SRA is seeking two new lay Board members to take up post in January 2019.  If you are interested in joining the SRA’s Board, further information can be found here: https://www.saxbam.com/appointment/solicitors-regulation-authority/

BSN – Join us today!

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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...

Windrush: lessons learned review call for evidence

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On 22 June 2018 The Home Secretary appointed Wendy Williams as Independent Adviser to a lessons learned review “to make sure crucial lessons were identified and learned as quickly as possible, to prevent something like...

JAC: Deputy District Judge 2018

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The Judicial Appointments Commission’s (JAC) process to select candidates for the post of Deputy District Judge is due to launch on 1 March 2018. There are 303 vacancies across England and Wales. This presents an...

BSN News Update – January 2018

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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....

The Lawyer: Musonda Kapotwe – BSN City Group

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Black History Month: “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance” 31 October 2017 00:02 As Black History Month comes to a close, discussions are focusing again on the obstacles which...

The Lawyer: Paul McFarlane – BSN Director

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Black History Month: “To make it to the top you need to be resilient and fearless” 23 October 2017 00:01 For me Black History Month is chance for everyone to reflect on the achievements black people...

The Lawyer: Paulette Mastin and BSN’s DLT 2017

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Black History Month: Report reveals “worrying” barrier to partnership for women and BMEs 13 October 2017 09:00 Linklaters corporate counsel Paulette Mastin has spent her entire career at the magic circle firm and has acted as...

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…

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