It’s time to act

The profession must look inwards to tackle systemic racial inequality, says Trevor Sterling

12 Jun 2020

The death of George Floyd has rightly sparked an overdue, global conversation on racial inequality, spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.

While people of all races have been quick to condemn the actions of the police officers involved, it is crucial for every one of us to use this as a catalyst to explore the structural racism that enabled, and has enabled throughout Black history, the deaths of innocent people.

The time is now for all industries to reflect on the systems in place that create prejudice against people of colour, including the legal profession.

In my 35 years as a lawyer, it is true to say steps have been taken to tackle inequality. However, the type of systemic change that is so desperately nee...

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