Welcome to the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, offering you the opportunity for direct engagement with the Law Society.
Members of the division will benefit from a comprehensive programme of events, opinions from experts, news articles, interviews, tailored training and other services.
The division has been set up to enable direct contact with the Law Society to ensure that we are providing you with tailored support and services.
Please get in touch to share your concerns and challenges and to let us know what training and services you would find useful.
The Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division is a new network providing its members with free, direct access to tailored information, advice, and training.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard through the division so that we can ensure that we continue to represent you effectively and provide training and support on running your practice, complying with regulatory and compliance issues, career development, CPD training and mentoring.
This webpage will provide a portal through which you can find out about the activities of a number of external networks who are working with us on the advisory forum for the new division to ensure that we represent and understand the needs of the entire black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors community.
The Law Society's 2014 election activity aims to appoint energetic and imaginative solicitors to help drive the agenda for legal service provision and practice.
Elizabeth Cruickshank interviewed Sara Aalamri, the first woman to be granted a licence to practise law in Saudi Arabia and found some illuminating, if perhaps tenuous, points of comparison between Sara’s experience and that of Carrie Morrison, the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and Wales.
Solomon Wifa is partner and head of O’Melveny and Myer's London office and a member of the Investment Funds Practice. Solomon highlights the value of mentoring, and advises new solicitors to 'enjoy the ride'.
Justice minister Shailesh Vara counts reform of legal aid among his many ministerial responsibilities. He tells us how he plans to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
The Law Society’s high-profile Black History Month inspiration evening event, held on 11 October at Chancery Lane, celebrated the achievements of black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers.
The second phase of the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on changes to criminal legal aid, which focuses on proposals for competitive tendering and criminal advocacy fees, closes on 1 November. Be sure to submit your views.
The proposed legal aid cuts pose a serious danger to BAME lawyers, but representative groups are doing all they can to prevent their implementation.
Philip Do Youn Kim talks about his work promoting BAME interests in the legal profession, and the value of activism at local and national levels.
The Law Society has hosted a pilot career development seminar, in association with the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
The Law Society's deputy vice president Andrew Caplen hosted a dinner of Asian practitioners in April 2013.
Ranjit Thaliwal, president of the Leicester Law Society, talks about the opportunities that BME lawyers have to succeed in law at the highest levels.
Watch a video about NOTICED, a new initiative encouraging networking opportunities for black and minority ethnic individuals working in the legal sector.
Networking can play a hugely important role in helping solicitors from an ethnic minority background overcome professional barriers.
There is mixed opinion on the impact that Alternative Business practises would have on the traditional law firm model. Whether you are in support or resistant to these changes, ABSs and its effect on the liberalisation of the profession will have a future impact on lawyers and how they practice.
The achievements of black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers were celebrated by the Law Society in October with a series of high profile events at Chancery Lane.
The business opportunities available to law firms in emerging markets was the topic of discussion on 3 October at a seminar that opened the Law Society's Black History Month celebrations.