The Solicitors Regulation Authority regulate 184,000 solicitors in England and Wales and more than 10,000 legal businesses. We are here to make sure the public can have trust and confidence that solicitors meet high professional standards, while also making it easier for them to find affordable legal services that suit their needs.
We see the development of a diverse profession as a real priority. Legal services are critically important to everyone in society and law firms need to appeal to the brightest and best in every community. Every community should be able to see itself reflected in the solicitors, the advocates and the judiciary, and the many other lawyers, that make up our legal sector.
A diverse profession is a better profession and we are working to support the profession as it changes and grows.
Our data shows that Asian partners, for example, make up four percent of partners in larger firms compared with 16 percent of partners in the smaller firms with 2 to 5 partners. Sharing information is powerful – we can all see how much needs to be done.
We are trying to make a difference by changing how people can come into the profession so it’s more open to aspiring solicitors from every walk of life. And we are freeing up solicitors to work how and where they want, encouraging a modern, flexible profession and breaking down barriers.
To effect real change, we know that all those who are committed to addressing the challenges work together. Members of SAL have a key part in that, as role models, as influencers and as catalysts for change. Supporting the good work that SAL does can only help the profession today and the profession of the future.
“SAL are key partners. Your voice and input into the work we do is important to us. For example, our package of regulatory reforms, designed to provide solicitors and law firms with greater flexibility over how they operate, has been created following feedback from organisations such as yourselves. And of course, we have a shared commitment to making sure Asian solicitors have every opportunity to thrive and make a real contribution to the sector.”
Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) is the principal authority that prosecutes crimes across England and Wales, making decisions independently of the police and government. Our duty is to ensure the right person is prosecuted for the right offence and to bring offenders to justice, wherever possible.
Prosecutors must be fair, objective and independent. When deciding whether to prosecute a criminal case, our lawyers must follow the statutory Code for Crown Prosecutors. To charge someone with a criminal offence, prosecutors must be satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and that prosecuting is in the public interest.
The CPS has a good news story in developing a diverse workforce, with almost one in five of our staff being of a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. That’s twice the level across the Civil Service as a whole. We want to continue to encourage these high levels of diversity through sponsoring the Criminal Lawyer Award and in particular in providing career paths to the top of the organisation.
In addition, as Britain’s “largest law firm”, we also want to recognise excellence in the field of criminal law.
The Criminal Lawyer Award nominee is recognition of the individual’s achievements especially at this challenging time in criminal justice and shows the difference they are making every day in the cases they handle as a criminal lawyer and their commitment to this area of law.
“As one of SAL’s aims is to promote and develop the legal profession within the Asian community, this dovetails with the CPS’ priority of ensuring that we retain and recruit a high proportion of black, Asian or minority ethnic staff and with our inclusion strategy.”
Miss Jaswant Kaur Narwal
Crown Prosecution Service
Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South East
LexisNexis are a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics. For 200 years, we have put customer experience at the heart of what we do, advancing what’s possible for our clients. We pride ourselves on knowing our customers. Based on our research and knowledge we have developed our products with you in mind. Our aim is to provide you with practical guidance, legal resources, news and analysis, commercial and professional development tools – everything you need to succeed as a lawyer and a business owner.
LexisNexis are proud to be celebrating our 200 year anniversary this year. We are even more proud of the progress and advancement of the Rule of Law since 1818. We are the ‘Future of Law’ and are proud to be sponsoring the ‘Rising Star’ award showing our commitment to the next generation of lawyers. We are passionate about making a positive impact on society and customers through our unique contributions as a business including access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society, promotion of the rule of law and access to justice, and fostering communities.
At LexisNexis, we are the future of law and are proud to sponsor the ‘Rising Star’ award. We want to recognise and support the individuals who are paving the way forward within the legal profession. We wish all the nominees the very best of luck.
“Society of Asian Lawyers commitment to Diversity, promotion and development of Asian lawyers sits with LexisNexis core values. We are proud to be able support SAL in the advancement of their objectives.”
Mrs Darshna Patel
Senior Marketing Manager, LexisNexis
Liberty Law Solicitors has offices in the St Pauls in the City of London and Luton, specialising in Criminal Law, Employment Law Civil, Dispute Resolution and Immigration.
Since the formation of Liberty Law Solicitors in 2012, the firm has undergone rapid expansion and growth under the strong guidance of Attiq Malik with the support of his team of lawyers.
Attiq appeared on the opening show of Channel’s 4 hit tv programme ‘24hrs in Police Custody – the Murder Case’ as well as a further episode later on, coupled with regular media appearances on national and international media which has assisted to spur growth of the firm.
“The ethos that SAL stands by in having free membership, networking events, mentoring initiatives, debates and representation on important forums and topics throughout the year for Asian Lawyers resonate with us.
BME communities need a strong voice as do lawyers in the current times of austerity and legal aid cuts, a united voice is needed across professions, cultural and religious backgrounds.
This is what SAL represents by standing for a significant section of BME lawyers and working in collaboration with other organisations.
SAL is a real emblem of what constitutes ‘British Values’ in modern day society by way of embracing and proudly standing for equality, diversity, multiculturalism, fairness and justice.”
Director, Liberty Law