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Black Solicitors Network gears up for Diversity Legal Awards

HONOURS: From left, Matthew Ryder QC, Dr Leslie Thomas and Afua Hirsch at last year’s UK Diversity Legal Awards

HOT ON the heels of UK Black History Month, the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) is due to host its 9th annual UK Diversity Legal Awards.

The UK Diversity Legal Awards, taking place on November 21 at the five-star Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in central London are the only industry awards which focus solely on recognising, promoting and celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion across the legal profession.

This year’s award ceremony will be opened by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and speakers will include the President of The Law Society - Christina Blacklaws, Chairman of the Bar – Andrew Walker QC, and BBC News presenter and correspondent – Reeta Chakrabarti, who will be presenting the awards.

Last year’s winners included Dr Leslie Thomas QC, Millicent Grant (CILEx), Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP and Garden Court Chambers, setting the bar even higher for the 2018 finalists. The awards are being held at a critical and reflective time for the legal industry, with the SRA reporting recently that career progression remains an issue both for ethnic minority lawyers and women in the UK.

Speaking last month, Paulette Mastin, award-winning Linklaters’ Counsel and chair of BSN, said

“There is no single approach that all firms could adopt to address and resolve issues of gender and ethnic diversity and equality, particularly within the senior ranks. “Through initiatives and programmes like the UK Diversity Legal Awards, we are actively encouraging and influencing greater diversity and inclusion within the sector.”

This year’s awards ceremony promises to have even more of an impact than last year’s and is set to be a sell-out event.

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