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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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19
Feb

Black British City Group and Society of Black Lawyers conference event

The Black British City Group and the Society of Black Lawyers hosted the “Breaking Barriers Student Law Conference” on 12 October 2018, the conference was attended by BAME students seeking a career in the legal profession. During the course of the day, the conference covered how aspiring lawyers from BAME backgrounds can leverage opportunities for career...
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19
Feb

Women In Law event to celebrate Black History Month

NOTICED successfully hosted an event to celebrate Black History Month at the offices of Herbert Smith Freehills on 22 October 2018. The panel discussion, chaired by Faria Ali, focused on the experiences of women, from ethnic minority backgrounds, who have charted successful careers in the legal profession. Panellists included: Funke Abimbola (General Counsel, Roche);Melissa Trovoada...
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16
Oct

You Can’t Change What You Can’t See – Gender and Racial Bias In The Legal Industry

You Can’t Change What You Can’t See Released on 6 September 2018, the You Can’t Change What You Can’t See study, corroborates what many have known for years, that extensive gender and racial bias pervades the hiring, promotion, assignments and compensation processes in the legal industry. Conducted by the Center for WorkLife Law at the...
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25
Sep

The Black Men in Law Network (“BML Network”)

Encouraging diversity in the legal sector, and increasing the accessibility of the legal profession are at the very heart of NOTICED’s mission statement.  John Oladeji of Osborne Clarke LLP (who was also formerly the Secretary of NOTICED’s Steering Committee) and Isaac Eloi of Freeths LLP, founders of the BML Network, discuss the important work that...
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30
Apr

NOTICED Co-Chair Sid Shukla on Shaping The Path Of Diversity

Herbert Smith Freehills’ London senior associate Siddhartha Shukla talks about his incredible route to becoming a solicitor and his role in furthering diversity awareness across the legal sector. “Diversity is a developing concept: it has changed and is constantly itself diversifying. From my experience, as an Indian joining an international law firm based in London,...
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20
Mar

Fusion Network – the BAME network launched by the London office of Mayer Brown

In February 2018, the London office of Mayer Brown launched its BAME network, ­ Fusion.   Network co-chairs Natalie Carter and Joseph Otoo, and committee member Dexter Williams-Ollivierre discuss the aim of the network. Why was Fusion set up? Joseph: The London office has a number of affinity networks but we recognised there was a gap,...
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