In brief: Race campaigner Higgins dies suddenly

Grace Higgins, who successfully fought for a better deal for black and Asian bar students, died after an epileptic fit last month. In 1992, Higgins successfully pressurised the Bar Council and Council of Legal Education into remedying restrictive practises which she felt were contributing to black and Asian people failing their Bar finals. She brought a case against the CLE which contributed to the ending of its monopoly over the Bar Exams. The Society of Black Lawyers of England & Wales chair Peter Herbert said Higgins would be remembered as a strong black woman who fought injustice despite adversity.