African-Caribbean students invited to BLP’s ‘Route to success in law’ event
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will be hosting a ‘first of its kind’ event on 11th April 2016 for African-Caribbean students and graduates, as it looks to address the issue of underrepresentation of black people in the legal profession.
The event, entitled Underrepresentation of black people in Law: Your route to success, will encourage and celebrate greater diversity across the legal profession as it tries to increase the proportion of black solicitors in the UK. According to the Diversity League Tables Report this figure currently stands at just 1.4% – almost 50% lower than it should be in proportion to the UK population. The underrepresentation is even more stark in commercial law firms in the City.
During the day itself, the event will include a variety of different sessions including debates on the difficulties of entering law as a minority, application advice from BLP’s highly-respected Graduate Recruitment team, and a series of expert talks from leading black legal professionals such as Segun Osuntokun, Tunde Okewale and Natalie Carter.
Black students and graduates who are interested in a career in law are welcome to come along and travel expenses up to £100 will be covered for every attendee. The event will be taking place at BLP’s offices, based in Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA, between 11.00am – 6.00pm.
Claire England, Inclusivity Manager at BLP, commented: “The proportion of solicitors from minority backgrounds in the industry is not remotely close to where it should be in the UK and this is something the whole industry must stand up and address. At BLP, we truly recognise the importance of diversity and want to take a leading role in championing the changing makeup of the legal profession to better reflect the society we live in.
“This event is a first from a law firm and we believe it will help to inspire those from African and Caribbean backgrounds to consider a career in the world of law. We encourage students from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds to attend our event and apply for our many graduate roles.”