Is it really true that Covid-19 is the virus that does not discriminate? – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, minorities, news, statistics by sally

‘Well that is what we have repeatedly been told by politicians and various medical and scientific advisers. However, statistical evidence shows to the contrary and that if you are BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) then you are up to 4 times more likely to die after contracting the Coronavirus, making it clear that this is far from a level playing field.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th May 2020

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Anti-Asian hate crimes up 21% in UK during coronavirus crisis – The Guardian

‘Hate crime directed at south and east Asian communities has increased by 21% during the coronavirus crisis, ministers have told MPs.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2020

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Family lawyers “disproportionately female and white” – Legal Futures

Posted February 11th, 2020 in diversity, family courts, legal profession, minorities, news, statistics by sally

‘Three-quarters of family lawyers are women, while those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are under-represented, ground-breaking research among members of Resolution has indicated.’

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Legal Futures, 11th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Casual sexism is still prevalent’: how close is the law to gender equality? – The Guardian

‘Almost 100 years ago, Dr Ivy Williams joined the Inner Temple as a law student. In 1922, three years after the Sex Disqualification Removal Act, she became the first woman to be called to the bar in this country. Most people have never heard of her. Although she never entered private practice, she taught law for 25 years and gave free legal advice to those who couldn’t afford it. A tireless activist and campaigner, her example paved an important road.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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Landmark Court of Appeal judgment criticises the use of wide injunctions which target Gypsy and Traveller encampments – Garden Court Chambers

Posted January 30th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal handed down a very significant judgment, dismissing an appeal by Bromley Council against the High Court’s decision to refuse the Council’s application for an injunction against “persons unknown” stopping on public land in the Borough.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 21st January 2020

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Green Space Borough-Wide Preventative Injunctions: The Final Stage? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by sally

‘Steven Woolf examines the decision in London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 22nd January 2020

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Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 28th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal, in The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12, has delivered a unanimous judgment reaffirming the rights of the Romany (“Gypsy”) and Traveller community to live in accordance with their traditional, nomadic way of life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th January 2020

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Adoption practices under review amid concerns prospective parents being wrongfully turned away – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2020 in adoption, minorities, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Adoption practices are set to be reviewed amid concerns that prospective parents are wrongfully being turned away in the wake of a landmark discrimination case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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BAME offenders ‘far more likely than others’ to be jailed for drug offences – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2020 in drug offences, minorities, news, sentencing by sally

‘Black and minority ethnic offenders are far more likely to be sent to prison for drug offences than other defendants, according to groundbreaking research commissioned by the Sentencing Council.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2020

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Union To Sue Police After Barrister Arrested At Medical University Protest – Each Other

‘A trade union is taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police after its barrister was arrested at a protest outside a medical university.’

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Each Other, 13th January 2020

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Call for “real inclusion” rather than tick boxes at the Bar – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, minorities, news by tracey

‘The Bar should focus on “real inclusion” and “actionable, practical steps” to improve diversity rather than tick boxes, a black barrister and human rights activist has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Share of convicted children who are BAME doubles in eight years – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2019 in children, minorities, news, statistics, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘The proportion of children convicted of a crime who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has nearly doubled in eight years, an increase experts have described as an urgent problem.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lammy: Lack of BAME judges is due to discrimination – Legal Futures

‘The lack of judges from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background is down to discrimination, according to the MP who investigated the treatment of BAME people in the criminal justice system.’

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Legal Futures, 9th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Gypsy community ‘failed by government’ says report – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2019 in education, equality, health, minorities, news, select committees, travellers by tracey

‘The Commons women and equalities committee said Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities had the worst outcomes of any ethnic group across a huge range of areas, including education, health, employment, criminal justice and hate crime, but little was being done to tackle longstanding inequalities.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2019

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High court victory for group seeking to build ‘black Canary Wharf’ – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in covenants, minorities, news, planning, sale of land by tracey

‘One of the UK’s largest black communities is celebrating a victory in the high court over a contested piece of land it wants to transform into a “black Canary Wharf”.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2019

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Half of children who are tasered come from BAME groups – report – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2019 in children, minorities, news, police, restraint, statistics, weapons by sally

‘Half of the children tasered by police, and a third of those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children’s rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2019

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Police leader calls for laws to allow positive race discrimination – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in diversity, minorities, news, police by tracey

‘Radical new laws should allow police to positively discriminate in favour of minority ethnic recruits, otherwise the ranks of officers will be too white for decades to come, the leader of Britain’s police chiefs has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2019

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More than half of young people in jail are of BME background – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2019 in imprisonment, minorities, news, sentencing, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting warnings that youth jails have hit “American” levels of disproportionality.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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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

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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