A conversation around BAME research resulted in a race fairness pledge for the profession, as Segun Osuntokun explains

The year 2020 was always due to be a year of change. As the end of a decade loomed – a period which brought an increasingly divisive world, a controversial political era and an increase in hate speech – conversations started to run deeper. Change was in the air. 

But among the division and alarm, a new and unyielding determination had started to grow. For many, 2020 signalled a new dawn where systemic inequalities no longer had a place.

Shortly before we went into lockdown, I had discussions with Raphael Mokades, managing director of Rare Recruitment concerning Rare’s research on the retention of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers and their white counterparts, the results of which were sobe...

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