The Law Society Council yesterday approved the allocation of a seat to the Black Solicitors Network (BSN).
The seat, one of three held in reserve, will be filled following an election on 16 September. An overwhelming majority of Council members voted in favour of the application.
It is hoped that the new seat will help remedy inequalities within the profession and provide better representation of black and Asian solicitors within the Law Society. The Society first recognised the BSN as a member group in July last year.
Founded in 1995, the BSN aims to improve the profile of black solicitors and to assist them in running their practice. Today it has more than 500 members, mainly of African and Caribbean origin, and works with other minority groups on issues of common concern.