The seat of the Bar Council has contested the legal profession’s tendency to set Asian, black and minority ethnic attorneys collectively, stating the BAME tag may’conceal the reality that there is enormous under-representation of black members of the community in the pub’.

Offering a Gresham College lecture regarding diversity, Derek Sweeting QC stated’advancement has been quite slow in certain regions’. ‘I believe we will need to tell the truth about why that is true and why kind of several pieces of this pub are still what folks believed they were years past… dominated by people from private colleges, possibly Oxbridge, and from a distinct ethnic and social history.’ Sweeting endorsed the introduction of diversity aims to improve the circumstance.

The pub chair included that the profession must think about whether BAME is’really a decorative category’ to disguise a’enormous under-representation of black members of the community in the pub still’.

Volume Ndow-Njie, a barrister in the Government Legal Department and creator of Bridging the Bar, said that he had been one of only 13 black students between 2019 and 2020. Talking in the lecture, he also explained:’Statistics proves that a black man who is applying for pupillage who gets the specific same grades as a white man at undergraduate degree and at pub college, they have about half the opportunity for procuring pupillage compared to their white counterparts’ .

This past year, the Bar Standards Board reported all chambers must offer anti-racism training and require positive actions to improve diversity. The regulator also anticipates chambers to create and publish a anti-racist announcement, also will assess the profession’s answer next month.

 

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