BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Specialist Reference Group

For members who identify as Black, Asian, or other minority ethnic backgrounds, or are interested in BAME related issues and the promotion of equality.

Thank you to the members who have signed up to form part of this specialist reference group. If you are not a member, but wish to join, please email with your full name (as you are registered with us) and your membership number. 

Active engagement work

Ignorance of the law is no defence

From the 24 February 2020 Justice week will commence with the aim to improve people’s knowledge of the justice system.

CILEx has previously recognised how the interaction and/or application of legal rights can be affected by cultural norms, which may create additional barriers or risks for members of the BAME community. For instance, our earlier consultation on reforms to divorce law took note of cultural differences and attitudes towards marriage in minority communities and the impact this could have on proposals put forward. This included consideration of issues relating to: arranged marriages, forced marriages, triple talaq provisions and the stigma of divorce. 

Examples such as these, demonstrate that greater thought needs to be paid towards building public awareness and protections around legal rights and their enforcement for all pockets of society.

Taking this insight forward, if you have any great ideas on how to engage and strengthen public knowledge of the justice system and improve mechanisms for those seeking to enforce their rights, then we would like to hear from you.

Contact either Sharon Bruty on 01234 845721 to provide us with your suggestions. We would be particularly interested in hearing from you, especially if you are part of, or work with, underrepresented or minority groups.

Previous work

CILEx continues to promote member views throughout the legal community. We hope that the BAME Specialist Reference Group grows with us. 

CILEx has engaged in previous work around relevant topics including: 

Contact us

If you have any questions about this or other Specialist Reference Groups, then please contact us on or by calling 01234 845777.