The latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) show an alarming lack of diversity amongst applicants. There were no black and ethnic minority applicants for senior judicial roles, and while ethnic minority candidates made up 20% of applicants, only 6% of those were recommended for appointment. It is great to see prominent Bar leaders speaking up about this now. Before action can be taken to remedy this, awareness of the issue needs to be raised. 

Although change may come slowly, we need to be talking about the issue now and working together to figure out how we can improve diversity in our judiciary, especially as Britain is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The UK judiciary should reflect the demographic it serves.

In 2015, Byfield Consultancy and diversity champion and award winning lawyer leading the legal team at Roche UK, Funke Abimbola, published a report entitled ‘Opening up or shutting Out?’. This report presents the results of a survey of the top 50 UK law firms and their approach to social mobility and diversity.