World Mental Health Day 2020 – a BAME perspective

Mental Health Day from the perspective of lawyer from an ethnic minority background. Click title to read more.

Honour Killing – an update

Honour killing and honour violence remain devastating issues in Asian and Minority Communities in the UK. Barrister, Lynne Townley looks at the true story of Banaz Mahmoud (recently dramatised by ITV) who was killed by her own family to restore their honour. Click the title to read more.

Stock image (left) appears with American spelling of honour.

Do black lives matter in the employment justice system?

Mukhtiar Singh, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, argues that public confidence can be increased in the employment justice system if tribunal judges were antiracist. Click the title to read more.

Advocating a New Way of Working

Trevor Sterling encourages us to look at a new way of working in the new normality, thinking about “conscious unbias” instead of “unconscious bias”. Pls click the title to read more.

Charities Must Look Within To Address Systemic and Structural Racism.

Remy Mohamed identifies ways to begin tackling systemic and structural racism in the charitable sector. Remy worked as a criminal defence lawyer for many years before moving into the third sector. Click the title to read more.

Dozens of Asian Lawyers say they have been mistaken for Defendants, by Court staff, despite being dressed in a suit.

The Guardian publishes SAL’s findings. Racism still exists in the legal profession. Click title above to read. [Photocapture from the Guardian]

Race to the Top – A Review

Racism exists in the legal profession. To address methods to tackle discrimination the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) held an online event on 21 September 2020. Read the review here in full.

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.