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Peter Herbert
Peter Herbert
Political activist and chair of the Society of Black Lawyers

Called to the Bar in 1982, Peter Herbert is the current National Chairperson of the Society of Black Lawyers. As Chair, he has championed the cause of racial equality within the criminal justice system and the legal profession as a whole. Appointed to the Judicial Studies Board in 1991, he was involved in the first ever series of race awareness training programmes for judges. He is currently a member of the Bar Council Race Relations Committee.

A recipient of the National Bar Association's Human Rights Award (USA), Mr. Herbert was a panel member of the Ken Dixon Mental Health Inquiry and has been chair of two other mental health inquiries (Michael Donnelly and Anthony Joseph). As a barrister, he has a quality practice in childcare, employment discrimination, human rights and civil actions against the police. In 1996, he was appointed as a part-time Immigration Adjudicator. He also serves as a non-executive director of Ealing Health Authority and is the author of "Racism, Impartiality & Juries" (New Law Journal, 1995).

He has been involved in a number of high profile cases, involving human rights issues in all areas of his practice. He has been at the forefront of the challenges to the Judicial system in the United Kingdom, gaining personal acknowledgements for this work from both the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay: the Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General, the Honourable Eric Holder, (December 1998), and from Lord Justice Glidewell, 1995.

Mr. Herbert has established a reputation for robust advocacy, making submissions, both written and oral to several House of Commons and Judicial Inquiries, namely the Home Affairs Select Committee on Racial Attacks, 1992; the Royal Commission into Criminal Justice 1994; and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 1998/9. His work within the Criminal Justice System, both as an advocate and with the Judicial Studies Board as a facilitator and developer of policy is well recognised. He continues to provide a wide range of pro-bono legal advice on a range of professional issues from Immigration to Education, whilst at the same time, assisting many students with advice and mentoring.

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