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...

Newsletter May 2017

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​​​​NEWSLETTER MAY 2017​ Dear Colleague, 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...
SRA – Thematic Research into Career Progression

SRA – Thematic Research into Career Progression

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority is carrying out research into the career choices of Female and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic solicitors. We want to know what more can be done to improve the representation of...

Law Society BAME events in Autumn

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The Law Society will be running a number of events this Autumn and would welcome your help in promoting them to your members. Below is a list of the events with links   September BME...

Solicitors Journal features BSN’s UK Diversity Legal Awards 2016!

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been featured in the Solicitor’s Journal article ‘Valuing Diversity Increasingly Important to Lawyers’ Read the article by clicking the link below. http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/legal-profession/barristers/27360/valuing-diversity-increasingly-important-lawyers

BSN City Group chair wins equality leadership award

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BSN City Group chair, Paulette Mastin, has been recognised for her work on improving diversity both within the firm where she practices, Linklaters LLP, and externally after winning the Champion and Executive Sponsor award on...

Many Black Lawyers Navigate a Rocky, Lonely Road to Partner

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Only a relative handful of African-American lawyers persevere on the years-long path to joining a law firm’s lucrative leadership circle. Jimmie L. McMillian’s path to partnership in an Indianapolis law firm might seem unexceptional — except for...

Spotlight on Nigeria | Blog (September 2015)

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Last Tuesday (8 September 2015) BSN City Group hosted a panel discussion on Nigeria and its financial markets. The panellists were: Razia Khan, SCB’s Chief Economist, Africa; Dr Ayo Salami, Chief Investment Officer, Duet Africa...

BSN Events Summer Newsletter

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After a short break, the BSN Events team is pleased to announce that our regular Networking Night returns on Friday 26 June. We have picked a special venue for the occasion, the Royal Court Theatre...

GSK Inclusion & Diversity Internship – Summer 2015

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To support GSK’s inclusion and diversity strategy, GSK Legal is offering two internships for law and/or science undergraduates or graduates wishing to gain some experience of the type of work done by in-house solicitors and...


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This summer, BAFTA and Olivier Award winning playwright Debbie Tucker Green (random, truth and reconciliation) returns to the Royal Court Theatre. Her gripping new play “Hang”, follows one woman declaring her final decision in a...

Blow to legal aid as High Court dismisses judicial review

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NOTE Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Cranston heard challenges last month by the Law Society and practitioner groups the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) to Ministry of...

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…

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