R.E.A.C.H. & Allies

31 July 2020

An independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession – if at first you don’t succeed, try try again, but how many chances do we need?

We recently wrote about the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives in promoting a good working culture within law firms, and explained why one of the key responsibilities of any employer is to create both a diverse and an inclusive workplace.

Jessica Clay

20 July 2020

Racial inequality in mental healthcare

In this blog, Satvir looks at racial inequality in mental healthcare and explores the reasons for this inequality.

16 July 2020

The problems with race in UK policing: Part 2

Is a lack of diversity really that important? Does it matter whether an officer is White or Black when their job is to impartially enforce the law and protect the public?

15 July 2020

The problems with race in UK policing: Part 1

The killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, has been rightly met with widespread anger and condemnation. People have taken to the streets for rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter (‘BLM’) movement in the USA, the UK and around the world. Demonstrating exactly why people of Black heritage are entirely justified if they ever feel unsafe in the UK today is the fact that Parliament’s first response to the BLM protests was to draft a bill that protects its statues, not its citizens.

13 July 2020

COVID-19 only highlighted the racial inequality within the healthcare setting which has put BAME patients disproportionately at risk for years

Recent events around the globe have made the reality of racial inequality in society feature at the forefront of media coverage, political discussion and social consciousness, but the effect of this inequality has been felt by those in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community long before this.  It has become clear that there is a lot of work to be done to address these inequalities in every aspect of society and COVID-19 has demonstrated that significant progress must be made in the healthcare sector to protect patients and healthcare workers from a BAME background.  

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What is Hair Discrimination ? – Kingsley Napley joins the Halo Code

In this REACH podcast hosted by Shannett Thompson Partner in Regulatory, Shannett discusses joining the Halo code, the topic of hair discrimination and what hair discrimination means to them with Kingsley Napley employees from across the firm

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Shannett Thompson and Donna Cummings delve into issues around BAME recruitment

In this episode, Shannett Thompson and Donna Cummings delve into issues around BAME recruitment.

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Positive representation in the tech industry with Ash Cooper

In this podcast episode of KN BAME Talks for Black History Month 2020, Ash Cooper, IT Director at Kingsley Napley, talks about positive representation and his career in the tech industry.

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Shannett Thompson speaks at Urban Lawyers Careers Conf​erence November 2019​

Urban Lawyers works to makes the law more accessible as a career to marginalised groups and improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.​

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Intersecti​onality P​​er-spective - Celebrating Black History Month

Kingsley Napley's BAME and LGBTQ & Allies networks hosted a series of talks at London's Arboretum on 16 October 2019. The focus of the event was to open up the conversation about intersectionality, whilst shining a light on the progress of Black History Month in Britain. The speakers were Charles Irvine, Anthony Francis, Debo Nwauzu and Dr S Chelvan.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2020: BAME heroines who exemplify #EachforEqual

Drawing from the strength of shared experiences, women around the world have been uniting in common struggles such as sexual and domestic violence, pay inequality, reproductive autonomy and climate change. While great leaps forward have been made and women-led movements have been gaining unprecedented attention and support , minority ethnic women are often left behind as these struggles are compounded with the intersection of their race/ethnicity and gender.

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BAME webinar: Challenges faced at work

Recorded Monday 3 December 2018.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020: “Stand Together”

Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January 2020, will mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, where more than a million people perished in gas chambers, most of them Jews. The day is internationally marked in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and other appalling acts of genocide, including later atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and to recognise that the lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant, especially at a time when racism and extremism is on the rise across Europe.

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BAME book club: The Good Immigrant

Our most recent book is by Nikesh Shukla.

Kingsley Napley Diversity and Inclusion Statistics 2019

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Improving diversity at the top

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently launched a consultation on proposed amendments to its Listing Rules aimed at improving diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive committees. In particular, they are seeking feedback on proposals to require listed companies to publicly disclose annually whether they meet specific board diversity targets, including in relation to ethnicity, and to publish the composition of their boards and most senior level of executive management. To understand why such proposals are necessary, it is important to consider the current state of ethnic minority representation in UK leadership, why diversity at senior levels is so vitally important and what steps can employers take to improve diversity.

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