Race to the Top – 21.09.2020

Race discrimination still exists in the legal profession. Society of Asian Lawyers exists to help members realise their goals and break glass ceilings. We want to know your experiences and what your Chambers/Firms/Employers are doing to address these. We will run a series of online anonymised polls on zoom to understand what prejudices you may have faced in your career.

Personal Reflections on New Initiatives to Address Diversity and Inclusion at Coutts

Alex Liddle, Managing Director at Coutts, shares some of his own thoughts on the initiatives introduced by the wealth manager and private bank to improve inclusion, diversity and equality. Many of these initiatives might be appropriate for law firms. Of particular interest is the top down / bottom up approach adopted and the bank’s commitment to psychological safety in the workplace, and how these have worked in practice.

Breaking Racial Stereotypes

Raffia Arshad becomes the first hijab wearing Deputy District Judge in the UK. Najia Robbani explores some of the step Judge Arshad took to break racial stereotypes.

In Defence of Jury Trials – a Joint Statement

In Defence of Jury Trials – a Joint Statement with Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Black Protest Legal Support, Young Barristers Committee, Black Barristers’ Network, Society of Black Lawyers and BAME Lawyers 4 Justice.

Equality For Women Starts At Home

Top tips during lockdown from female asian lawyers who have broken glass ceilings. Read about SAL’s event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Help us raise funds for Barnardo’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Packs

Coronavirus is pushing vulnerable children and families to the edge, placing them under unimaginable emotional and financial pressures, with BAME families being disproportionately affected by the virus.

The Next Legal Drama: Rutnam v Patel

Priti Patel is at the centre of attention again and is facing legal action after her former permanent secretary, Sir Philip Rutnam, lodged an employment tribunal claim for constructive dismissal and whistleblowing. Najia Robbani discusses the legal implications.

JAC – a change to the application process.

The way in which candidates apply for judicial posts in 2020 is changing. The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has announced that it will be running a single Combined Qualifying Test (CQT) in June 2020. Read more here.

Policing by Consent

The UK is widely recognised as the home of the first modern police force and the concept of Policing by Consent dates back to 1820. Chamali Fernando discusses the implications of trying to police a UK-wide lockdown.

Unequal impact: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry and wants to hear about the different and disproportionate impact that the Coronavirus is having on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act. HAVE YOUR SAY NOW