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The Centre for Applied Legal Research 2017 Annual Lecture: Tunde Okewale MBE 'Nobody Rises to Low Expectations'  

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Out next Centre for Applied Legal Research is taking place this Thursday (9 February).

This event is a dialogue, which explores the soft bigotry of low expectations in the following ways:
Its definition and applicability in modern society.
The impact it has in relation to gender and ethnicity.
How it has played a role in disaffected communities.

About the Speaker

Tunde Okewale MBE (Doughty Street Chambers) is the recipient of numerous awards for his contribution to social justice and inclusion. In 2016 Tunde was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. He was named Diversity Champion at the UK Diversity Legal Awards in 2014.

Tunde is the founder of Urban Lawyers, a charitable initiative designed to educate, engage and stimulate discussion amongst young people in relation to law. The organisation provides information to disaffected young people and communities, as well as providing information and opportunities about how to secure work and/or experience in the legal profession.

Tunde grew up in a council estate in Hackney, East London. Tunde is the eldest of four children and was the first person in his family to attend university and obtain a degree. He is passionately committed to promoting diversity and widening participation within the professions. Alongside the accolades for his charitable work, Tunde has attracted considerable interest from the media for his unique style.

He has been the feature of GQ articles and is considered to be the most followed barrister on Instagram. Having been called to the Bar in 2009 he has established a practice in General Crime, Serious Crime and Extradition. He also specialises in Sports Law and is a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

Tunde was involved in the Griffiths Trust 'Hush The Guns' Project in Kingston Jamaica in 2009, and was also commissioned by the Jamaican and Canadian Government to facilitate workshops for disaffected youths.

For full information and how to register, please use our webpage: http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=20606

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Dr Mary Young helps uncover tax avoiders behind Easton housing development 

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Dr Mary Young recently advised investigative journalists from the Bristol Cable of an aggressive tax avoidance technique used by a Bristol property firm. ‘REVCAP, the financiers behind the controversial development of the Greenbank Chocolate Factory in Bristol, are connected to entities in low tax jurisdictions such as Jersey, the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands’, says Adam Cantwell-Corn from the Bristol Cable. Since the article was published, on 30 November at a planning hearing, Bristol Council voted to defer="defer" the decision on the housing development – mainly due to the concerns the Dr Young and the Cable raised.
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Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse Event 

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On Tuesday November 10, the Watershed hosted the third 'Understanding Sexual violence and abuse' public  engagement event organised by Prof. Phil Rumney and Dr Kieran McCartan (Criminology). The event attracted 79 attendees on the night and there was very positive feedback.

It featured a series of talks and extended Q&A sessions involving UWE researchers and external research partners (Circles South West, Unseen and Avon & Somerset Constabulary). This included an evaluation conducted by Dr Jess Elliott in collaboration with the charity Unseen, which examined the training of personnel in the identification of trafficked persons.

In addition, Phil Rumney and two colleagues in criminology (Dr Kieran McCartan and Dr James Hoggett) discussed their evaluation of Avon & Somerset Constabulary's Lighthouse: Victim & Witness Care programme.
The next 'Understanding sexual violence and abuse' public engagement event will be on 9 March 2017.

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The Intervention Initiative 

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The Intervention Initiative has been in the news a lot recently. The Universities UK Taskforce Report was published and recommends evidence-based bystander programmes for universities, citing The Intervention Initiative and the literature review published by Public Health England (Fenton, Mott, McCartan and Rumney 2016). The report contains an annexe detailing The Intervention Initiative and acknowledges the contribution of Rachel Fenton to the Report and for the writing of the glossary of terms for it.

Rachel Fenton gave comment in The Guardian and subsequently published a follow-up piece in The Guardian on the legal guidance. The BBC published a piece on The Intervention Initiative which featured a video of UWE Law students in an Intervention Initiative class taught by Dr Tom Smith and interviews with several Law students and with Rachel Fenton. Rachel Fenton gave a presentation at the Universities UK Conference marking the release of the Report, on the research and implementation of The Intervention Initiative.
Rachel was subsequently invited to attend the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students at the House of Commons to discuss the Taskforce Report. She also gave a talk on the Intervention Initiative to Southampton Solent university attended by the universities of Southampton and Winchester, and gave a paper on her work on vulnerability and sexual violence at Emory University, Atlanta.

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Organised Crime Think Tank 

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Mary Young has been appointed as Co-Convenor for the Organised Crime Think Tank at the Cambridge University International Economic Crime symposium. In September, Mary will be talking on the subject of money laundering in Moldova at a closed session held on organised crime in Post-Communist Russia.
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