Police, military and courts lagging decades behind on ethnic diversity – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2018 in armed forces, diversity, judiciary, minorities, news, police by sally

‘Some of the groups wielding the most power in British society, such as the police, the judiciary and the military, are decades away from becoming as ethnically diverse as the population they serve, Guardian analysis has found.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

The Bar Council presents: The Different Faces of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted November 21st, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news by tracey

‘In the first event of its kind, the Secret Barrister, Chris Daw QC, and two of the Bar Council’s #IAmTheBar Social Mobility Advocates, Rachel Spearing and Natasha Shotunde, will come together for a live-streamed panel discussion on social mobility and access to the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 19th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminals may escape conviction due to lack of resources for forensics, says Lord Chief Justice – Daily Telegraph

‘Criminals may be escaping conviction because of a lack of resources for forensic investigations, the Lord Chief Justice warned yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2018

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Royal Academy of Music teacher wrongfully sacked for referring to violinists as ‘gypos’, tribunal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 20th, 2018 in diversity, equality, news, victimisation, wrongful dismissal by sally

‘A Royal Academy of Music teacher was wrongfully dismissed for referring to violinists as ‘gypos’, a tribunal ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2018

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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Diversity and Judgecraft – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 15th, 2018 in criminal justice, diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, police, race discrimination, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Diversity and Judgecraft.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th November 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov

Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Criminal barristers attack “counterproductive” QC reforms – Legal Futures

Posted October 18th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘Proposed changes to the system for appointing QCs are “too onerous” and “potentially counterproductive in addressing issues of diversity”, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal challenge to the Undercover Police Inquiry — will it succeed? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 11th, 2018 in diversity, inquiries, news, police, spying by tracey

‘It was reported on Thursday, 5 July 2018, that three core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry are intending to launch a legal challenge against the Home Secretary’s decision not to appoint a panel to sit with the Chair, Sir John Mitting. They say a diverse panel is needed who will better understand the issues of racism, sexism and class discrimination that the inquiry will inevitably raise. So where has this challenge come from, and is it likely to succeed?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th July 2018

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Undercover policing inquiry: victims launch legal action – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2018 in diversity, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Victims of undercover police officers have started legal action against the home secretary over the troubled public inquiry into the conduct of police spies.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Most lawyers recommended to be judges went to state schools, data shows – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2018 in diversity, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news by sally

‘Almost two-thirds of lawyers recommended to become judges in the past year attended state schools, according to the first social mobility statistics released by the judicial appointments commission (JAC).’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry be a truly modern public inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, inquiries, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Is there any hope that the Grenfell Inquiry will finally gain legitimacy? As with the successful McPherson Inquiry following the Stephen Lawrence murder, recognition of diversity and inclusivity are essential.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry can be a truly modern public inquiry? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, judiciary, news by sally

‘The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and the start of the first phase of hearings in the Grenfell Inquiry occurred within hours of each other but could not have been more different in terms of how they were received by the British public.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2018

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Government defeats bid to annul legal aid reform as MPs call for more support for criminal Bar – Legal Futures

Posted May 9th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, diversity, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The government yesterday defeated a Labour attempt to annul the legislation changing the scheme through which criminal defence advocates are paid for carrying out publicly funded work in the Crown Court, which has led to over 100 chambers declining instructions.’

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Legal Futures, 9th May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers respond to government announcement on diversity of judges – The Bar Council

Posted April 27th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘In response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that they will be funding a new programme of Pre-Application Judicial Education to both educate and boost diversity within the judiciary, Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said: “The Bar Council believes profoundly in equality under and before the law. So it is delighted by the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the MOJ will commit funding for a programme of pre-appointment education for prospective applicants for judicial office of all kinds. We see this as a really positive step towards improving judicial diversity which is so urgently needed and so important.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th April 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB investigates how chambers advertise for and recruit pupils to check for “unjustified” barriers – Legal Futures

Posted April 20th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, diversity, news, pupillage by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is reviewing whether there are “unjustified and discriminatory barriers to pupillage” at the advertising and recruitment stage, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Insurer diversity rules take effect in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 18th, 2018 in company directors, diversity, insurance, news by sally

‘Major insurers in the UK must “consider a broad set of qualities and competencies” when recruiting board members, and have a policy in place to promote board diversity, under new rules that came into effect on 9 April.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th April 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Chambers could be forced to publish data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, diversity, homosexuality, news, privacy by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering a rule change which would mean chambers would have to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th March 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 15th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Lady Hale: courts and judiciary should reflect diversity of UK – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in diversity, judiciary, news by sally

‘The courts and judiciary should as far as possible reflect the full diversity of the UK population, the country’s most senior judge, Brenda Hale, has told the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com