Judicial diversity: Where are we now and where should we aspire to be in the future?

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Date(s) - 20/03/2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Simmons & Simmons LLP


The London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) and JUSTICE will be hosting a panel debate chaired by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, with closing remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (President of the Supreme Court), to consider diversity in the senior judiciary and in the Courts of England and Wales.

In the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court there are only two judges who are from non-white ethnic minority groups, and only around 30 of these judges are women. Women and BAME people are also underrepresented on the Circuit bench. Our speakers will discuss what more can be done to increase the diversity of our courts in the near future.

The panel discussion will consider the opportunities and challenges for reflecting greater diversity at the bench in 2017 and the strengths and recent achievements of the judiciary. Our panellists will also share their thoughts on the future of judicial diversity in light of recent political, social and legal changes including the result of the UK referendum of 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union.


  • Registration 5.30pm to 6pm
  • 6pm start – Panel discussion, to finish by 7pm
  • 7pm-7.15pm – Lord Neuberger’s closing remarks
  • Drinks and canapés from 7.15pm – 9pm

This is a ticketed event with all proceeds being donated by the LSLA to fund JUSTICE work. Tickets are £20.00 and may be purchased from the LSLA website. Please remember to use your booking reference number when making your payment.

For more information about the event and speaker biographies, download this event flyer.