Black women at the Bar: challenges faced and a fairer future – Counsel

‘Bibi Badejo reports from a packed Inns of Court Women’s Alliance event examining the experiences of Black women barristers and imparting crucial advice for Black women navigating the legal profession.’

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Counsel, 19th February 2024

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Royal Parks workers bring landmark case over race and equal pay – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2024 in contracting out, London, minimum wage, news, parks, race discrimination, remuneration by tracey

‘A group of toilet cleaners and attendants for London’s most famous parks could be about to make legal history in the court of appeal by arguing that their outsourced contracts amounted to indirect race discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2024

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Pontins served ‘unlawful act notice’ over discrimination against Irish Travellers – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2024 in holidays, Ireland, news, race discrimination, travellers by sally

‘The holiday park operator Pontins has been served with an “unlawful act notice” after an investigation by the equality watchdog found multiple instances of race discrimination against Irish Travellers.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2024

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Police failed to record race of nearly two-thirds of people referred to Prevent – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2024 in Islam, news, police, race discrimination, racism, statistics, terrorism by sally

‘Police in England and Wales have failed to record the racial identity of nearly two-thirds of people referred to the Prevent counter-extremism programme, despite questions over whether it discriminates against minority ethnic groups.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2024

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New year, same ethnicity pay gap concerns – still no mandatory reporting – Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog

‘After five years of consultation, last year the government confirmed there are no plans to make ethnicity pay gap reporting mandatory for employers. The ethnicity pay gap being the difference between the average earnings of white employees and those of other ethnic groups.’

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Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog, 23rd January 2024

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Head of Britain’s police chiefs says force ‘institutionally racist’ – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2024 in equality, news, police, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘The leader of Britain’s police chiefs’ organisation has become the most senior serving leader to say that policing is institutionally racist, as he called for a fundamental redesign of national policies and practices to eliminate discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2024

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Police watchdog refuses to back use of stop and search without suspicion – The Guardian

‘The official inspectorate has refused to back police use of powers to stop and search people without suspicion, finding that chiefs cannot explain why black people are 12 times more likely to be targeted.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2023

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Rastafarian soldier wins racism case against Army – BBC News

‘One of the British Army’s first Rastafarian guardsmen has won a claim of race discrimination and harassment against the Ministry of Defence.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2023

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Structural racism behind increased Taser use against black people, report finds – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2023 in equality, firearms, news, police, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘Police are far more likely to use a Taser electrical weapon against black people due to structural and institutional racism rather than the views of individual officers, a new report says.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2023

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“Rude and disruptive” caseworker must pay £20,000 costs to law firm – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2023 in costs, employment, employment tribunals, equality, law firms, news, race discrimination by sally

‘A “rude and disruptive” caseworker who “embroiled” a national law firm in a “vast, unmeritorious” discrimination claim must pay £20,000 in costs, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2023

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‘True equality alongside excellence’: Jason Pitter KC – Counsel

Posted November 20th, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘The North Eastern Circuit Leader on his trailblazing career, turbulent early years of practice and his mission to equip all barristers, regardless of their characteristics, with the opportunity to thrive. Interview by Glenn Parsons.’

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Counsel, 13th November 2023

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Met Police: Communities traumatised by stop and search – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2023 in investigatory powers, London, news, police, race discrimination, racism, stop and search by tracey

‘A senior Metropolitan Police officer says stop and search, when done poorly, has traumatised communities in London. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan said the force recognised it needed a “reset”.’

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BBC news, 13th October 2023

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Labour seeking to delay antisemitism leak lawsuit until after election – The Guardian

‘Labour is seeking to delay until after the general election a court case against five former staff alleging they leaked a report concerned with the party’s handling of antisemitism complaints, as its costs were said to have apparently soared to £1.4m.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2023

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Met police admit overusing powers to strip-search children after IOPC inquiry – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard has admitted overusing its power to strip-search children after four of its officers were told they would face disciplinary proceedings over allegations that their search of a 15-year-old black schoolgirl known as Child Q was inappropriate and amounted to discrimination owing to her race and sex.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2023

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Man with Traveller heritage compensated after Conservative club refused to host christening party – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2023 in compensation, equality, news, race discrimination, travellers by sally

‘A man barred from booking a christening party for his baby daughter at a Conservative club because of his Irish Traveller heritage has been awarded compensation after bringing a claim for racial discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2023

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Probation service pays undisclosed sum to ex-contractor after racial harassment – The Guardian

‘HM Prison and Probation Service has paid an undisclosed settlement to a former contractor who endured racial discrimination and harassment, including monkey chants.’

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The Guardian, 24th August 2023

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Met only authorised baton rounds for black-led events, FOI reveals – The Guardian

‘The only events for which Metropolitan police chiefs authorised the potential use of baton rounds in the past six years were black-led gatherings, documents show.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2023

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The importance of correctly identifying the relevant provision, criterion or practice (‘PCP’) and pool for comparison in any indirect discrimination claims – 3PB

Posted July 6th, 2023 in contract of employment, news, race discrimination, remuneration by sally

‘This appeal, decided on 5 May 2023, raised the question whether, under section 41 Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”), workers employed by third-party contractors could rely on the principal’s own employees as comparators in a claim of indirect race discrimination relating to rates of pay. It highlights the importance of identifying, correctly, the relevant provision, criterion or practice (“PCP”) and pool for comparison, in any indirect discrimination claim, if necessary seeking further information or disclosure from the respondent in order to do so.’

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3PB, 5th June 2023

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Elderly black man who was punched by police officer wins judicial review – The Guardian

‘The high court has overturned a decision by the police watchdog that an officer who punched an elderly black man in the face had no case to answer.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2023

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Misconduct: ‘No simple explanation’ for race bias in complaints – Law Society’s Gazette

‘”Socio-cognitive biases” could account for the over-representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors in complaints about potential misconduct raised with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd June 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk