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Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD) annual lecture

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To honour the achievements and highlight the positive contribution of BAME lawyers in the profession, the EMLD is hosting its inaugural annual lecture with a prestigious figure on 5th December 2016 at the Law Society. 

The lecture will coincide with Human rights week and in keeping with the theme the lecture will look at key human rights  and equality issues.


Guest speaker: Matthew Ryder QC 

Matthew Ryder QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in London, England. He specialises in complex crime and its interplay with civil law, including judicial review, police law and claims under the Human Rights Act tasked with helping to ensure ‘Londoners from different faiths, ethnicities, backgrounds and social classes are better integrated’ in the city. In September 2016, Matthew was appointed deputy mayor of London to lead on social integration, social mobility and community engagement. He was also appointed a member of the panel working with David Lammy MP on the prime minister’s review of ‘Racial Bias and BAME representation in the criminal justice system. Matthew has a longstanding interest in social justice issues, social mobility and community issues. His work and appointments in these areas include: 

  • chair of the Black Cultural Archive from 2010 to 2012, a national museum which recently located to new premises, with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, in 2014
  • appointment as a ‘Reach National Role Model’ from 2008 to 2010. Matthew was appointed one of 20 national role models of African-Caribbean heritage to discuss social issues to visit communities and discuss social mobility issues with black boys and young men across the country
  • founding member of GEEMA (Group to Encourage Ethnic Minority Access) at Cambridge University 1989.



18:30 – 19:00 Registration and refreshments

19:00 – 19:05 Welcome - Robert Bourns, president, The Law Society 

19:05 – 19:15 Introduction - Caroline Newman, chair, Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, The Law Society

19:15 – 19:45 Guest Lecture - Matthew Ryder QC, barrister, Matrix Chambers and Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement 

19:45 – 19:55 Question and answer session

19:55 – 21:00 Networking drinks reception and canapes 


Why attend?

The Law Society is committed to promoting diversity in the profession. By attending the inaugural lecture you will get an insight into some of the topical Human rights issues and have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion in the Q&A session. Following the formal session, there will be an opportunity for attendees to network and develop and build new professional relationships.


Who should attend?

The event is aimed at lawyers, solicitors and students with aspirations to enter the legal profession. 



This event is free to attend, but availability of places is limited. Please book your place by following this link

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