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SRA accused of institutional racism

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  • Race card???

    Here we go again. It's the "racism industry bingo" game............... "Stephen Lawrence" CHECK "Insitutional racism" CHECK "Equality and diversity" CHECK "Stereotype" CHECK "not learnt the lessons"........ BINGO!! Maybe I should set up a "Society of White Lawyers" and see how long I keep my job.

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  • Re the above

    Unless there are any claims that the firms were facing trumped up charges, perhaps the thought police should wind their necks in.

    "The finding that there are approximately some 1,700 complaints against small firms or sole practitioners is very worrying, because a high proportion of BME solicitors are concentrated in this category," said Weekes.

    How is this relevant at all? Are we not investigating these complaints then? I would like the chairman of the Society for White Solicitors to launch an investigation into how much time and money are wasted by racial equality groups trying to justify their own existence.

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  • Wakey-wakey

    Where have you been, you innocents? The entire, white-dominated English legal establishment is racist - in that sense, it's perfectly representative of white English society, and no amount of regulation will ever change that.

    There are just far too many convenient ways for racists to discriminate against minorities while hiding such discrimination behind the veil of some ostensibly legitimate pretext.

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  • PC gone mad

    Can't possibly be because of tinpot little law firms cocking up can it? Nope - must be racism...

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  • re wakey wakey

    MX-an evenly balanced view. A chip on both shoulders.
    You should apply for a place on the board of the Society of Black Lawyers, they'd love you for that.

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  • What about non-BEM small firms?

    Are there any comparative statistics between SRA investigations into small BME firms and SRA investigations into small non-BME? If the answer is just that small firms get a higher level of scrutiny (regardless of race) because of a perception that there are greater risks at this end of the market and/or that the stats for SRA investigations track those for complaints from the public, then that doesn't sound terribly racist to me. The size of firm which BME lawyers (or indeed any other lawyers) choose to work is a matter for the lawyers themselves not the SRA.

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  • Not racist - just incompetent

    I am white and run a small solicitors practice. I was told that my practice was the subject of a SRA monitoring visit on an entirely random basis.
    Later I read that the SRA have targeted small practices. Have I misunderstood the meaning of random?

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  • SRA

    Once upon a time I seem to remember an institution called the Law Society. Maybe some of your readers will have similar recollections. Not sure if it still active or what it is supposed to do now but its splendid building on Chancery Lane does provide a very competitively priced cup of tea. Maybe, just maybe, the old institution could be given the job of looking after the interests of the members of the profession and protecting them against the SRA and or anyone who is to regulate the SRA . Radical idea but it might catch on.

    I have often wondered if there was any support out there for the formation of a Solicitors Defense Union or some such thing owned and operated by solicitors for the benefit and protection of solicitors. Is there ?? If you don’t like the name maybe we could call it the New Law Society . We shall see.

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  • SRA

    Yes, the SRA are definitely racist, as are all the major law firms in London. One has only to look at the low level or non-existence of coloured people in these firms and institutions. In my opinion, the entire UK legal sector is racist. Will people never learn... :(

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  • Institutional Racism

    Many BME Lawyers have been aware for a very long time about racism in the Legal Profession but have kept quiet for fear that it could affect their careers. Bravo to Ouseley's report for speaking up on behalf of the silent thousands, For those who have never experienced institutional racism you can nonchalantly say "race card" or "chip on the shoulder". This only belittles a real problem that should be addressed for the benefit of all in the profession.

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