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

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has rightly sparked an overdue, global conversation on racial inequality, spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) 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 within the legal profession. In my 35 years as a lawyer, it is true to say steps have been taken to tackle inequality – both in the profession and generally. However,...

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