As U.K. Black History Month comes to a close, Amy Dimond, associate director at Osborne Clarke, discusses why non-minority lawyers need to be effective allies and how they can go about it. 

Black History Month is a time to celebrate but it is also a moment of reflection; to look back and recognise achievements and success stories. It can be difficult to consider ‘success’ in the context of racial equality. After all, racism still exists, there are still institutional barriers for ethnic minorities in the U.K. and our boardrooms, filmsets and curriculum does not reflect the breadth of our shared history.