SBL launches ethnic directory

A DIRECTORY of ethnic minority lawyers was launched last week by the Society of Black Lawyers.

The publication aims to bring attention to minority lawyers but also to highlight their scarcity in City firms.

SBL Chair Makbool Javaid says the directory is a result of research carried out by Bristol University, which found that “ethnic minority clients are not getting the kind of service they are entitled to”.

“On occasion they find solicitors are unsympathetic, with no experience of issues such as racial harassment, discrimination and immigration. Solicitors are often perceived by ethnic minority clients as an arm of government,” he says.

The directory is aimed at a wide range of organisations and individuals, including the CBI, the IoD, the TUC, and Citizens Advice Bureaux and Law Centres, to allow clients more direct access to ethnic minority lawyers.

The directory was launched at a reception attended by lawyers, the judiciary, and Mr Justice Dyson as guest of honour.