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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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04
Feb

Why Contextual Recruitment System is important?

Access to the legal profession must be open and fair and the barriers that may deter talented individuals through our social mobility initiatives should be broken down.  The wider legal community must ensure that prospective students are not deterred from studying law or pursuing a career in law if they are not from wealthy or...
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01
Dec

Is Racism Real? The experiences of Black and minority ethnic workers

A report in September 2017 presented findings from polling commissioned by the TUC from ICM. It was conducted with a panel of 1,003 Black and minority ethnic (BAME) workers. The findings show that BAME workers face many forms of discrimination and racism such as: verbal abuse; racist comments and jokes; bullying and harassment; physical violence;...
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03
Nov

Race Disparity Audit Review

Prime Minister Theresa May published the Race Disparity Audit and launched a new permanent ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website on 10 October 2017. The Race Disparity Audit was initially announced in August 2016, with the intention of highlighting how people of different ethnicities are treated across public services. The website contains thousands of statistics covering...
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17
Oct

Parker Review final report on ethnic diversity on boards

The government-backed Parker Review Committee published its final report on the ethnic diversity of UK boards on 12 October 2017, which contains three key recommendations are as follows: 1. Increase the ethnic diversity of UK boards: There should be at least one director of colour on each FTSE 100 board by 2021 and each FTSE...
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