Rachel Rothwell reports on how firms are responding to the global awakening around race

W hen George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on a Minneapolis street on 25 May 2020 – with a white police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes, ignoring his pleadings that he could not breathe – the shockwaves resounded far beyond the US. 

Protesters flooded the streets of cities across the globe in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, industries and professions worldwide have been asking themselves uncomfortable questions about whether racial bias exists in their sphere – and what they can do about it. 

The UK legal profession is no exception. Stephanie Boyce, Law Society deputy vice president, reports that the Society has had a large number of inquiries fro...

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