Discrimination the “sole cause” of paucity of Black QCs – Legal Futures

‘Discrimination is the “sole identifiable cause” for the paucity of Black barristers, particularly at QC level, a co-chair of the Bar Council’s race working group has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2021

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New Judgment: Royal Mail Group Ltd v Efobi [2021] UKSC 33 – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed this appeal concerning two questions of law: (i) whether a change in the wording of equality legislation has altered the burden of proof in employment discrimination cases and (ii) when a tribunal may draw adverse inferences from the absence of a potential witness.’

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UKSC Blog, 23rd July 2021

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Government breaching human rights commitments under UN racism treaty, report warns – The Independent

‘The government is in breach of a UN treaty designed to eradicate racial discrimination, a new report has warned. Research by the Runnymede Trust said that minority ethnic groups face sustained disparities across health, the criminal justice system, education, employment and immigration in England.’

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The Independent, 14th July 2021

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Changing the picture: diversity at silk level – Counsel

‘Exclusive statistical analysis: Barbara Mills QC outlines how the deeply unhelpful, homogenous BAME acronym is masking the true extent and systemic nature of the Bar’s diversity problem.’

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Counsel, July 2021

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BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers – Legal Futures

‘Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), new research has shown.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2021

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Government commission ignored evidence of NHS racism, says British Medical Association – The Independent

‘The British Medical Association has said the highly-contested Sewell report “ignored well-documented” evidence of structural racism. The professional body for doctors refuted the report’s overall findings and said the government-appointed Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) missed opportunities to identify effective solutions to tackling racial inequality.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2021

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Three Metropolitan Police officers face gross misconduct inquiry over Bianca Williams search – The Independent

‘Three of the six police officers who stopped, searched and handcuffed athlete Bianca Williams and her partner are under investigation for gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2021

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Boy, 11, referred to Prevent for wanting to give ‘alms to the oppressed’ – The Guardian

‘An 11-year-old primary school pupil was referred to the government’s controversial counter-radicalisation Prevent programme after a teacher mistook the word “alms” for “arms” during a classroom discussion.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2021

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Tribunal ‘deeply concerned’ by racism among Home Office contractors – The Guardian

‘An employment tribunal has said that it was “deeply concerned” about Home Office contractors who deport people from the UK having used the racist term “cotton pickers” to describe their black colleagues, but threw out a claim of race and disability discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2021

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Black lawyers call on profession to be “example of anti-racism” – Legal Futures

‘The group Black Women in Law has called on fellow lawyers to be an “example of anti-racism in action” by challenging racism whenever they see it and wherever they hear it.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2021

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Christopher Kapessa: Mum plans legal action over river death – BBC News

‘A mother plans to launch her own legal action if the decision not to prosecute the boy reportedly involved in her son’s death is not reversed.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2021

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Baby and mother win right to access Healthy Start food scheme – The Guardian

‘A one-year-old baby and her mother have won a high court challenge granting her the right to access a healthy food and vitamins scheme from which she was previously barred. Thousands of babies and toddlers similarly denied access to the scheme will now be able to benefit from it.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2021

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Black people 12 times more likely to be prosecuted for cannabis, new analysis shows – The Independent

‘Black people are 12 times more likely to be prosecuted for cannabis possession than white people, according to new analysis by the Liberal Democrats who are calling for an end to the use of Stop and Search for small amounts.’

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The Independent, 27th May 2021

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Sewell says commission did find evidence of ‘persistent discrimination’ despite controversial race report – The Independent

Posted May 28th, 2021 in equality, inquiries, news, race discrimination, reports, select committees by tracey

‘A commission on racial inequality found evidence of “persistent race-based discrimination”, its chair told MPs on Thursday – despite barely mentioning the phrase in its widely contested report published earlier this year.’

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The Independent, 27th May 2021

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Swastikas, employment and “religious” symbols: Horvarth – UK Law & Religion

‘Istvan Horvarth started working at the Lidl store in Telford Hadley, Shropshire, in 2013. A colleague complained that Horvarth showed him his “swastika” tattoo and in April 2019 Horvarth was sacked. In Mr I Horvarth v Lidl Great Britain Ltd [2021] ET/ 1307164/2019, he claimed unfair dismissal and discrimination based on race and/or religion or belief. He also claimed that he had been subjected to a number of incidents of harassment related to his race from approximately 2016 onwards, immediately following the Brexit referendum [3]. Following two case management hearings before Employment Judge Flood, he withdrew his claims of discrimination based on religion and/or belief and they were dismissed in a judgment dated 22 May 2020 [2].’

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UK Law & Religion, 30th April 2021

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Watchdog to examine how Met police handled Richard Okorogheye’s disappearance – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in complaints, minorities, missing persons, news, police, race discrimination by sally

‘The police watchdog is investigating complaints by Richard Okorogheye’s mother and considering whether race played a role in the way the Metropolitan police handled reports of her son’s disappearance.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2021

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George Floyd case reignites calls to tackle racial injustice in UK policing – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2021 in minorities, news, police, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘The conviction of a US police officer for murdering George Floyd has reignited calls to tackle racial injustice in British law enforcement, with campaigners calling for an end to a “culture of impunity”.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2021

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Met officer faces dismissal after ‘clear case of racial profiling’ – The Guardian

‘A police officer jailed for picking on a black father because of his colour and attacking him in front of his children is facing dismissal.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2021

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An erroneous decision to extend time under s.123(1)(b) Equality Act 2010 – 3PB

‘The Honourable Mrs Justice Ellenbogen, sitting in the EAT, held that a tribunal had erred in extending time under s.123(1)(b) Equality Act 2010 (“EqA 2010”), by failing to determine whether a claimant’s ignorance of his right to claim direct race discrimination was reasonable.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2021

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Bodies credited in UK race review distance themselves from findings – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2021 in minorities, news, race discrimination, racism, reports by sally

‘At least 20 organisations and individuals who were listed as stakeholders in the government’s race disparity commission have distanced themselves from the report and its findings.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2021

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