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CORDELLA BART-STEWART OBE

We are delighted to announce that Cordella Bart-Stewart, Tribunal Judge (Immigration and Asylum) and director and co-founder of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours list for services to the Legal Profession and to Diversity and Education. Congratulating Cordella Bart-Stewart OBE, Paulette Mastin, Chair of…

202012.28
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BSN Winter Newsletter 2020

Dear Members, Season’s greetings! I’m sure you’ll agree that 2020 has been a year like no other. As an organisation and within our communities we have faced unprecedented challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and, in its midst, the brutal killing of George Floyd which catalysed the global anti-racism protests over the summer.  The death…

202012.23
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Applications Now Closed: Accutrainee Scholarship Programme

BSN is pleased to support the Accutrainee Scholarship Programme Accutrainee                                                                               In 2012 Accutrainee introduced an innovative concept to the legal industry, creating a unique training contract for aspiring solicitors. To date we have helped over 100 legal professionals qualify as solicitors giving them opportunities at a wide range of companies from FTSE100 to start-ups…

202011.15
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BSN’s Big Conversation: How do we operationalise vocal commitments on race in the law? BHM – October 21st 2020

Resonating with its Open Letter “A call to action for racial diversity” published in June to the legal profession and to mark BSN’s 25th Anniversary, BSN’s Big Conversation explored issues of race equality and equity in the legal profession and the criminal justice system, and tangible steps that our profession and those in authority can…

202011.05
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BSN Connect – the online directory of BME legal service providers. Join today!

W: www.bsnconnect.co.uk In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, many organisations have pledged to recruit and promote more Black and minority ethnic (BME) talent, engage BME talent on their mandates and support and use BME-owned businesses as suppliers.   As we all know, there is a wealth of talent in the…

202010.16
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The Law Society Excellence Awards – Excellence in D&I: Highly Commended

The Black Solicitors Network received the Highly Commended recognition in the category of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at The Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2020 virtual ceremony on Tuesday 13 October, which is fantastic news. BSN were highly commended for our outstanding work in raising awareness, influencing the legal sector and demonstrating effective action for…

202009.14
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BSN Newsletter – Autumn 2020

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 recent months with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and continuing accounts of police brutality and…

BSN shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Excellence Award
202009.07
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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…