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Stephen Friday

The Chairman of the Black Solicitors Network talks about ploughing success back in the community – working with minorities is only one aspect

1 December 2006

There are quite a few ‘minority lawyer’ organisations. How different is the Black Solicitors Network (BSN)?

At the time the BSN was started, I was a member of the African Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group ( ACALG), which was very much concerned with helping aspiring students and trainees to qualify as solicitors. The BSN’s focus at the time was to provide a forum for black solicitors to network, thereby sharing best practice and experience. These included obtaining a franchise for legal aid work, providing mutual support, and generally encouraging debate about issues affecting black lawyers. Since then it has expanded its reach to young black lawyers and offers help starting a career in the law. The other minority lawyers groups cater for their own ethnic communities; where there are common issues affecting ethnic minorities, the groups come together.

What kind of support did you provide?

When we started ACAL...

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