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25
Jan

NOTICED Law firms join forces to ensure firms are equipped to have conversations about race

As organisations across the UK continue efforts to improve ethnic diversity and promote better understanding of race, a number of the UK’s leading law firms have joined forces to provide guidance that will enable effective conversations about race and racism in the workplace. NOTICED, the UK’s first inter-law firm diversity network which is comprised of...
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06
Dec

Black History Month 2020: A Tale of Two Identities – Hogan Lovells International LLP (London office)

To say that the year 2020 has been unlike any other would be a great understatement.  Amidst the well-publicised stories of police brutality and discrimination against black and other minority communities (perhaps most notably in the viral footage of George Floyd’s killing), the COVID-19 pandemic and various tiers of lockdown, it was always going to be a...
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29
Sep

How to transform D&I from buzzwords to actual results: things you can do

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) – We have all heard these two buzzwords being used together a million times, but in reality they rarely go hand in hand. Many law firms have now set hiring or promotion targets – this may boost diversity numbers, but this does not naturally lead you to achieving inclusion. In fact,...
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03
Aug

BAME: more harm than good?

The word “BAME” is a commonly used acronym for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. In many ways the terminology has become an umbrella term to describe anything “non-white”. But what does it actually mean to be BAME? And is grouping “non-white” as BAME a good thing or does it oversimplify and remove the cultural and...
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10
Dec

Hampton-Alexander Review publishes latest report on improvements in female representation in senior leadership positions in FTSE 350 companies

The Hampton-Alexander Review recently published its latest (2019) report which considered whether progress has been made in improving female representation in senior leadership positions in FTSE 350 companies. In 2016, the Hampton-Alexander Review established five key recommendations to improve senior female representation. These included establishing a target of 33% of women in leadership positions of...
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11
Nov

Herbert Smith Freehills Supports “The African Promise”

“International arbitration does not lack critics. A particularly common criticism is the absence of cultural and ethnic diversity among arbitrators. In the words of Sarah François-Poncet of Salans, some twenty years ago, the usual suspects are ‘pale, male, and stale’. Despite numerous initiatives to support and encourage diversity, and the diversification of the pools from...
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06
Jul

Increasing the diversity of international arbitrators and lawyers

Statistics from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes showed that 67% of the arbitrators appointed in cases were from Western Europe and North America, while only a combined 9% of arbitrators came from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East (as of 31 December 2018). A recent article by the American...
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27
May

It’s Ok To Talk About Race! Experiences To Help Unlock BAME Talent In The Legal Sector

According to the McGregor-Smith Review – Race in the Workplace, the potential benefit for the UK economy from full representation of BAME individuals across the labour market is estimated to be £24 billion a year, representing 1.3% GDP. Yet only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by a BAME person. Successful businesses recognise the benefits that...
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08
Mar

An insight into visible differences in the workplace

On 1 February 2019 – World Hijab Day – trainees Aneesa Khan and Sofia Aslam ran an event at Ashurst to raise awareness of visible differences in the workplace. Q. What was the reasoning behind the event? Sofia: For me, wearing the hijab in the workplace led me to consider the impact of this visible...
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04
Mar

Interview with Afolarin Awosika at Stephenson Harwood

Trainee solicitor, Afolarin Awosika, reflects on his experiences entering the legal profession and talks about what more law firms can do to promote diversity within the profession. 1.When did you decide to be a lawyer? What challenges did you have to overcome? I decided to pursue a career in law when I was at school,...
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