Chiswick Lawyer Marks Black History Month

Sarah Austin chairs high-profile Law Society event


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A Chiswick based lawyer has chaired the Law Society's prestigious Black History month annual evening attended by several hundred people.

Sarah Austin of Austins Solicitors on Chiswick High Road said “It was an honour to chair this high profile Law Society event, as it both celebrates and encourages young talent.”

Sarah also represents women solicitors on the Law Society Council and is one of only two black British-born members of the Council.

The Inspiration Evening , which is the cornerstone of the Law Society's Black History month celebration "brings together the aspiring with the inspirational", she said.

This year's speakers included a judge, a managing partner, a city firm founder and a charity advisor. After the speeches the delegates networked over traditional Caribbean fare.
Sarah said :"The Law Society support is vital and has seen solicitors from ethnic minorities grow to 12% of the profession."

Sarah has been closely associated with the representation of women solicitors and small business interests for over a decade. She came to law from investment banking. In 2010 she was elected to the national constituency of women's interests on the Law Society Council, a 100 seat parliament of volunteers that decides the strategic direction of the Law Society, including the finances and changes to policy and rules, to best reflect the increasingly  diverse membership.

Sarah was invited to chair this pivotal event as an enthusiastic supporter of the legal profession and one of only two black British born Council members. She also serves on the Equality and Diversity committee of the Law Society and the Legal Affairs and Policy Board.   

November 2, 2013

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