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Refugee Action Webinar

To view the video please email the circuit administrator for the password.

NEC Black History Month Webinar- Surviving the Windrush Scandal (Presented by Glenda Caesar)

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Biography of Glenda Caesar

Glenda Caesar is a Windrush Survivor/Campaigner/activist. She was born in the Caribbean Island of Dominica and came to the UK age three months with her mother and aunt to meet her father, whom had travelled earlier to seek work and acquire accommodations for his wife and family. Glenda is a single mother of four adult children, all born in the UK, her youngest being born in 1988 whom was also refused his rights as a UK citizen. She has worked in NHS Administration for over 20 years when her career was abruptly ended by the Windrush scandal in November 2009. Her immigration problems first started in 1998 when Glenda was unable to obtain a British passport when her mother fell sick whilst on holiday in Dominica.

Unfortunately, she was unable to see her mother as she passed away so Glenda did not pursue her application as she was still in employment without any restrictions.

In 2009 she took on a part time position as a GP Practice Administrator and was faced with restrictions and questions regarding her legal right to work and live in the UK, she was put under immense pressure from the new manager who was not happy that she did not have a UK passport that he decided to terminate her on the grounds of ‘Gross misconduct’ of not having legal rights to work or live in the country.

She became a victim of the British government’s ‘hostile environment’. Unable to work or claim benefits for the following 10 years, she was forced to rely on her children for support.

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Her story came to light in 2017 when Amelia Gentleman had broken the news in the Guardian. She has since been compensated but continues to fight relentlessly for changes within the scheme to ensure other victims are compensated in the correct manner and fairly.

Glenda CaesarShe is a prominent member of the Windrush community doing advocacy work, and speaks regularly both in the media and at community events. She has been successful in assisting claimants with completing compensation forms, regulating their status and reviews. She was able to challenge the scheme for ‘Close Family Members’ and played a part in the change in policy of ’Living Cost’ which ensured that family member who assisted ‘primary claimants’ financially were able to be financially reimbursed via the scheme. This was partly by having regular bi monthly meetings with senior members of the compensation team as a stakeholder to discuss issues and complex cases.

Glenda has said that she will continue campaigning, scrutinising the scheme and helping others by being the voice of the victims who feel unable to come forward.

NEC Diversity and Equality Feature Film

This is a ground-breaking resource funded by the North Eastern Circuit, in partnership with the four Inns of Court and the Bar Council. It is aimed at school and college age students and is designed to encourage as many as possible, to see the Bar as a potential career for them, regardless of their backgrounds. It is also our ultimate aim that the film should be available in every school in the country. Therefore, if you have any connections to any educational establishments, then please feel free to pass the link on to them.

Thereafter, if anyone wanted further information, then please contact Glenn Parsons or Celine Delal Kart, at the following designated email address: People can also follow us on Instagram #necdiversity&equality.

Finally, can I thank the leader of Circuit, Richard Wright QC, the Treasurer Gill Batts, our Director Matthew Harding and producer Philippa Pudney, as well as the Inns, the Bar Council and everyone on the NEC for making this exciting project possible. Last but not least, can I thank all the contributors for telling their stories.

Regards and best wishes

Glenn Parsons

The Halo Project Webinar

The North Eastern Circuit recently held a webinar with the Halo Project to highlight the important work they do and why women and girls from minority ethnic backgrounds find it so difficult to engage with and trust the courts and justice system.

Further information on the charity: The Halo Project is a specialist charity based in Middlesbrough that supports Black and minoritised (BME) women and girls who are at risk of or victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and hidden harms – which include female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The charity, which supports victims and professionals nationally via its Specialist Support Hub, is proud to deliver a trauma-informed, direct victim support service to BME communities across the North of England including County Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

To view the video please email the circuit administrator for the password.

IMG_7869The North Eastern Circuit was honoured that the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp, visited Leeds on the 13th June 2022 to meet with practitioners and local Judges, to offer her insight into career progression at the Bar and on the Bench and to support the Circuit in its efforts to improve the diversity of our appointments to silk and to the Bench. The event was arranged and hosted by one of our Presiding Judges, Mrs Justice Lambert.

The North Eastern Circuit Diversity Scholarship was established in 2021. The aim of the programme is to actively promote diversity at the Bar of England and Wales, by providing support to those who would wish to enter the profession and who are also from groups that are currently underrepresented at the Bar. The event was attended by Brogan Riley who received the main scholarship award in 2021. The North Eastern Circuit was delighted to be able to give her a set of robes kindly gifted by Her Honour Judge Nancy Hillier and which were presented to her by Dame Victoria Sharp. Brogan impressed the Scholarship Committee with the hard work and determination she had shown in financing her studies and by setting out a persuasive case as to how the award would make a real difference to her future.

Renowned Leeds barrister Jason Pitter QC given honorary doctorate for service to public | Yorkshire Evening Post

Jason Pitter QC was born in Chapeltown, Leeds and said it was his upbringing that shaped his experiences of community and made a significant part of his career ambitions. Jason was called to the ...

In the meantime please contact: Glenn Parsons, Chair of the NEC Diversity Outreach Programme - 

Reporting Discrimination/Bully/Harrassment Concerns

Talk to Spot run by the Bar Council:

The online tool for the Bar to confidentially and anonymously report inappropriate behaviour and concerns relating to Covid-19

Spot can be used if something happens to you or if you witness an incident. Find out more about how Spot can help with reporting discrimination, bullying, harassment or Covid-19 concerns.

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