The Diversity League Table 2014 – Editorial Censored?
This editorial for the Black Solicitors Network’s Diversity League Table journal is the edited version of a feature interview with Professor Gus John for the Diversity League Table 2014. Professor John was informed on the morning of the Diversity Awards event that the BSN Board had pulled the editorial on the grounds that the DLT’s target was City Firms and that the interview and his SRA report were concerned mainly with what was happening to BME solicitors in small firms or as sole practitioners.
This, despite the fact that the principal argument in the report is that BME solicitors operate predominantly in small firms or as sole practitioners, largely because of the recruitment policies and practices of Big City and Magic Circle firms. Given the fact that the interview was requested and granted since 10 September 2014 and that the BSN itself provided the 10 questions that were put to professor John, it was odd, to say the least, that the editorial was being substituted on the day of the DLT Awards event, 29 October 2014. Continue reading