Black History Month

Date: 12 October 2020

Krista Lee QC was interviewed by The Lawyer as part of black history month. In this interview she discusses her background, challenges she has faced at the Bar and how she sees diversity improving. The full article can be read here by subscribers but some excerpts are also included below.

  • “Many first-generation Britons will share my experience of helping older family members navigate the unfamiliar systems that surround them. I may have been a quiet child, but I was also articulate. I discovered I could speak up for others and make a difference. That feeling helped determine – in some way – my choice of degree and career.”
  • “Building a career at the Bar and the construction Bar takes a certain amount of resilience and determination. I think the challenge is finding your own space and working out where you can demonstrate particular skill and expertise We also all thrive in environments where we feel comfortable and confident in showing off our skills.  So there is a need for role models. I have been lucky.”
  • Eventually, diversity will have to increase if the Bar is to remain relevant in our modern and increasingly global environment.  Ultimately clients will demand to be represented by Chambers and individuals who share their gender, background, values, heritage and norms.”

Krista was one of six Black women to take silk this year, and to celebrate this unprecedented achievement. She will be taking part in a “First Six to Silk” webinar on Monday 26 October, hosted by the Black Barristers Network. The session is free to attend and arranged to mark Black History Month. The speakers will each share their experiences, triumphs and career advice:

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