Black Inclusion


‘True equality alongside excellence’: Jason Pitter KC

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  

13 November 2023 / Glenn Parsons

‘Talent on its own is not enough’: Barbara Mills KC

The Vice Chair-elect of the Bar talks to Michael V Sternberg KC about her election (and how she got there), why it is now time to raise the voice of the Family Bar, and her continued drive for equality, diversity and inclusion 

11 September 2023 / Michael V Sternberg KC KCFO

Everyday EDI

‘Every Day Gender Equality’ at Freshfields has changed culture, fostered allyship and triggered other initiatives. Chantelle Nicholas, Jenny Leahy and Rachel Brooks share its key points with the Bar


The Black Talent Charter and drive for race equity at the Bar

George Floyd would have been astonished to learn that his death had opened the eyes of UK financial and professional leaders to the inequities faced by Black professionals here. But what if he had asked,  Will it actually change anything?’   Harry Matovu KC, Laura Durrant and Olivia Roberts on the Black Talent Charter


The art of perseverance and advantages of rejection

A story of rejection, self-improvement and finding one’s forte in the process, by Olufemi Awodele

13 February 2023 / Olufemi Awodele

Thrive with EDI

Why doing just enough on EDI is not enough: Chris Kelly highlights the benefits of best practice, and provides a refresher on the requirements

13 February 2023 / Chris Kelly

RBB’s 10 next steps for an anti-racist justice system

In 2022, the Racial Bias and the Bench report found evidence of institutional racism in the justice system and fundamental flaws in the Judicial Diversity Strategy. Change is coming and all judges and lawyers can help revitalise the rule of law by implementing RBB’s 10 anti-racist recommendations, say Keir Monteith KC and Professor Leslie Thomas KC


Black inclusion and the Commercial Bar

Uncomfortable as it is, every barrister is invited to read this report and to reflect on how things need to change. The experiences and views shared confidentially by Black barristers are powerful and very challenging, write Krista Lee KC, Gary Pryce and Brie Stevens-Hoare KC


Building on Sowande’s legacy

This month ASPIRE – as part of its mission to improve the visibility and advancement of Black lawyers – hosted a performance of Just an Ordinary Lawyer,  a moving retrospective of the life of Tunji Sowande, with a Q&A and networking. Report by Earl Pinnock and Thomas Schofield

28 October 2022 / Earl Pinnock / Thomas Schofield

10,000 Black Interns and the Bar

This Summer 2022, 24 Black graduates will be offered internships by over 70 sets of chambers. Here, Dawid Konotey-Ahulu – the barrister turned investment banker, entrepreneur and co-founder of 10KBI – explains why the mission was so compelling for him

10 February 2022 / Dawid Konotey-Ahulu
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A busy start to the year

Some positive news on fees after sustained Bar Council and PIBA efforts, Bar’s stance on AI and a new-look Bar Conference 2024

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