Archive for the 'minorities' Category

Attorney General: keynote speech to Minority Lawyers’ Conference – Attorney General’s Office

“Opening the 2011 conference at the Law Society in London, the Attorney spoke of the coming challenges and opportunities for lawyers.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 9th April 2011

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

U-turn on mixed-race adoption ban – The Independent

“New guidance will tell social workers that they should allow white couples to adopt black and ethnic minority children, it was revealed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Chancery Lane warns against publication of complaints – Law Society’s Gazette

“Reporting the names of lawyers and law firms who have been the subject of complaints by the public will disproportionately affect sole practitioners and black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers, according to the Law Society.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Theresa May drops plans for stop-and-search laws targeting ethnic minorities – The Guardian

“Controversial plan to bring back police ‘sus’ stop-and-search laws targeting black and Asian people axed by Theresa May.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

White couples ‘will be able to adopt black children more easily’ – Daily Telegraph

“White couples will be able to adopt black and Asian children more easily under Government plans, it has been disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Black people six times more likely to face drug arrest – The Guardian

“Black people are six times more likely to be arrested than white people for drug offences and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned, according to new research claiming to show the racial bias of the criminal justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Black people are 26 times more likely than whites to face stop and search – The Guardian

“Black people are 26 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, the most glaring example of ‘racial profiling’ researchers have seen, according to an international report.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The case for diversity: legal profession’s white, male legacy persists – The Guardian

“This week saw the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report entitled How Fair is Britain. Today (13 October), at a high-level conference at Westminster University, original research examining structural inequalities in the legal services sector [pdf] will be unveiled.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal profession ‘inherently masculine’, says report for LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

“Stereotyping and bias are preventing women and black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors from furthering their careers, a report funded by the Legal Services Board has found.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Black and female young offenders ‘failed by legal advice’ – The Guardian

“Black and female young offenders are being denied access to justice because legal advice in young offenders’ institutions is sometimes unavailable, a report shows.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Young black people and the criminal justice system: second annual report – Ministry of Justice

“Second annual report to the Home Affairs Select Committee on progress made in taking forward the recommendations of its inquiry.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Stop-and-search powers limited by the Met Police after bias claim – The Times

“Britain’s biggest police force has agreed to limit its use of controversial stop-and-search powers after critics claimed it was discriminating against minority groups.”

Full story

The Times, 8th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Moving faster to a more diverse judiciary – Ministry of Justice

“Lord Chancellor Jack Straw today announced the establishment of an Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity with Baroness Julia Neuberger as its Chair.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Quota system may be considered for judges – The Independent

“Quotas for ethnic minority and women judges could be part of new proposals aimed at improving ‘diversity’ in the judiciary. Baroness Julia Neuberger, a government adviser, said she wanted to remove ‘blockages’ faced by applicants for judicial posts and make judges more representative of society.”

Full story

The Independent, 29th April 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How can ethnic minorities reach the top of the profession? – The Times

“Baroness Scotland of Asthal could be forgiven if she saw no problem. Britain’s first black, first woman holder of the post of Attorney-General is a living example of diversity in the legal profession. But, as with women political leaders, is she a one-off?”

Full story

The Times, 23rd April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Young black people and the criminal justice system – first annual report – Ministry of Justice

“The Home Affairs Select Committee published on 15 June 2007 the report of its inquiry ‘Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System’, which considered how to tackle the over-representation of young black people in the criminal justice system. The government published its formal response on 18 October 2007. Detailed proposals for the delivery of improved outcomes for young black people were published on 13 December 2007, which set out the governance and reporting arrangements for delivering the government’s commitments. One of the commitments made was to provide the committee with an annual report of progress in each year up to 2011. This is the first annual report.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 16th December 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Baroness Hale: new equality laws will not close gender gap – The Times

“Britain’s most senior woman judge gave warning last night that the Government’s proposed overhaul of equality laws would not close the pay or gender gap.”

Full story

The Times, 20th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Single-minded pursuit – The Guardian

“Government guidance on cohesion is thought to have spurred some councils to stop funding black and minority ethnic charities. But now a high court victory could force a serious rethink. Saba Salman reports.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magdalene Bayim-Adomako: ‘There are not many black lawyers in the City’ – The Times

“The co-head of White & Case’s banking practice says that, for her, becoming a solicitor felt ‘normal'”

Full story

The Times, 14th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sir Ian Blair denies blocking promotion of Asian police officer Shabir Hussain – The Times

“Britain’s most senior police officer was forced to defend his record on race yesterday, telling a tribunal that it would have been an ‘extraordinary aberration’ if he had tried to block the promotion of an ethnic minority colleague.”

Full story

The Times, 11th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Shabir Hussain: ‘golden circle’ of white Met officers held me back – The Times

“Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, will come face to face today with a senior officer who has accused him of holding back black and Asian detectives in favour of a ‘golden circle’ of white officers.”

Full story

The Times, 10th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The fine line between tolerance and political correctness – The Times

“Does one betray or does one defend Western values by allowing those committed to destroying them to be exposed to practices that are anti-Western?”

Full story

The Times, 26th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Straw: too many white male judges – BBC News

“Too few women and people from black and Asian backgrounds are appointed judges, Jack Straw has told MPs.”

Full story

BBC News, 13th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

SRA begins review into ‘racially biased’ investigations – Legal Week

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has formally kicked off its review into the disproportionate number of lawyers from black and ethnic minorities who are subject to SRA investigation, by selecting a working party and setting out the terms of its review.”

Full story

Legal Week, 20th March 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

So few women are in the High Court – Daily Telegraph

“Dame Heather Hallett of the Judicial Appointments Commission says it is trying hard to encourage diversity, but progress is slow.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

College of Law threatens SRA with anti-diversity suit – The Lawyer

“The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) has been attacked for taking action that will undermine the diversity of the British legal profession.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 4th February 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Curbs on foreign lawyers could hurt City firms in war for talent – The Times

“Hundreds of foreign lawyers who come to England every year to practise as solicitors face tough new curbs that law firms say will undermine London’s position in the global legal market.”

Full story

The Times, 4th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Major firms sign up for new diversity drive – Legal Week

“Eight major law firms have joined a programme aiming to improve the development of black and ethnic minority lawyers.”

Full story

Legal Week, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Mascot is too white, male and blond…so Met introduces the PC PCs – The Times

“Scotland Yard is spending £15,000 on ethnically diverse police mascots after complaints that PCSO Steve, its current rubber representative, is too white, too male, and too blond.”

Full story

The Times, 20th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority: we are not institutionally racist – The Times

“The chief executive of the SRA says it is determined to understand why certain groups figure more highly in some areas of regulation.”

Full story

The Times, 24th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police: stop and search more black suspects – Daily Telegraph

“A black police leader has reignited controversy in one of the most sensitive areas of British policing by suggesting that more people from ethnic minorities must be stopped and searched to tackle violent crime.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

“Institutional” racism at solicitor watchdog – The Times

“Jack Straw is facing calls for a review of the solicitors’ regulatory watchdog after allegations yesterday from black lawyers and one of Britain’s most senior black police officers that it is ‘institutionally racist.’ ”

Full story

The Times, 19th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Diversity in the Judiciary – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Lecture by Mrs Justice Dobbs at Queen Mary, University of London.”

Full lecture (pdf)

Judiciary of England and Wales, 18th October 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

High Court judge wants to bring in ethnic quotas – The Times

“Britain’s only black High Court judge last night condemned the ‘woefully slow’ rate of progress over opening up the judiciary to non-white candidates.”

Full story

The Times, 18th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Black and Muslim lawyers plan breakaway regulator – The Times

“Black and Muslim solicitors have accused Britain’s legal watchdog of racial discrimination and want to break away to establish their own watchdog body.”

Full story

The Times, 16th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Equality and diversity action plan consultation – Bar Standards Board

“The BSB has launched a consultation on its proposed Equality and Diversity Action Plan.”

Full consultation

Bar Standards Board, 8th October 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BME judicial review withdrawn – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) have withdrawn their joint judicial review action over the government’s legal aid reforms.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Carter judicial review settles – The Lawyer

“The much-anticipated judicial review brought by black and Asian lawyers against the Government’s Carter reforms ended abruptly yesterday (19 July) after the application was withdrawn.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 20th July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Ethnic minority firms challenge Straw in High Court over legal aid – The Guardian

“Jack Straw will face his first court challenge as Lord Chancellor next week when the Law Society, the Commission for Racial Equality and  ethnic minority lawyers go to the High Court to try to halt the government’s controversial shake-up of legal aid.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Law Explored: ethnic minorities and the judiciary

Professor Gary Slapper explains the complexities of English law in plain language

Full story

Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Only 5% of new judges black or Asian – Times

“The proportion of black and Asian judges recommended for appointment last year under a new system was just five per cent, it was revealed today.”

 Full story

Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Out of ivory towers and into mosques – The Times

“Judge Geoffrey Kamil is leading the push by judges to forge links with their local communities – and encourage them to join the justice system.”

Full story

The Times, 26th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jurors show leniency to ethnic minorities – The Times

“Jurors of all races are more lenient to ethnic minority defendants in court in an attempt to compensate for perceived bias in the criminal justice system, according to a report published today.”

Full story

The Times, 13th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Related link: Diversity and fairness in the jury system

Liberty backs legal battle over BME impact of Carter – Law Society’s Gazette

“Human rights group Liberty is the latest high-profile organisation to back a legal challenge to the Carter reforms launched by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and Society of Asian Lawyers.” 

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 31st May 2007

Source: www.thegazette.co.uk

Stop pigeonholing women and minority lawyers, says Bridget Prentice – Ministry of Justice

“Law firms should stop shepherding new recruits into specialisms based on background or gender, Justice Minister Bridget Prentice said today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice press release, 16th May 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government sued over Carter reforms – The Lawyer

“Black and Asian lawyers have taken legal action against the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the legal aid reforms, it was revealed today (25 April).”

Full story

The Lawyer, 25th April 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com


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