Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Professor Leslie Thomas QC, of Garden Court Chambers, is Gresham College’s first Black Professor of Law in its 400-year history and is a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. A former Joint Head of Chambers at Garden Court, Leslie is a human rights/civil liberties specialist with an emphasis on inquests and public inquiries. He is a Master of Bench at Inner Temple and received the Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) in the Diversity Legal Awards from the Black Solicitors Network.


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We need to continue to talk about race: one year on

If the Bar is complacent on the issue of race, then we will perpetuate the same racial inequities that continue to pervade our society, writes Professor Leslie Thomas QC

25 May 2021

We need to talk about race: a mid-term report

Microaggressions in court and everyday racism: what white colleagues don’t have to put up with and a 10-step plan for improving diversity and inclusion. By Professor Leslie Thomas QC

26 October 2020
Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester, 7 Jun 2020

Racial diversity at the Bar matters: by Leslie Thomas QC

Let’s talk about race. Forget the guilt and take action. Bias is implicit and often unconscious. It takes great courage to change the system. It benefits us all. By Leslie Thomas QC, Gresham Professor of Law

11 June 2020

What can I do?

With the New Year ahead, it’s a time to reflect on what we want from life – and what we want to give back. What makes a modern and humane Bar? Should it serve those it seeks to represent in a wider sense? Leslie Thomas QC sets out a convincing case

13 December 2018

Is social mobility dead?

What’s your view on social mobility and its vital signs at the Bar? Michael Todd QC, Leslie Thomas QC, Alice de Coverley, Daisy Mortimer, Dr Tunde Okewale MBE, Sharon Laurence and James Keeley assess its state of health

20 March 2018
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