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Three weeks ago, Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) minister David Lammy delivered a speech to the Black Solicitors Network. The DCA promptly put out a press statement outlining the thrust of Lammy’s argument – essentially that large commercial law firms have failed to effectively promote ethnic diversity. Nothing unusual about that, but Legal Week was keen to ask some questions relating to the valid issues raised by the minister. After several weeks of attempting to gain five minutes of telephone time with Lammy, Legal Week was informed by the minister’s office that said minutes could not be spared until September.

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