In 2020, Azeem Rafiq publicly spoke about the alleged racism faced at him while he played for the Yorkshire Country Cricket Club (YCCC) between 2008-2014 and 2016-2018. Eventually, YCCC launched its own investigation and Rafiq also appeared before a UK Parliamentary Committee to elaborate on his allegations against the club.
In November 2021, two partners at DLA Piper of South Asian descent sat down to discuss their own personal and professional reflections of the recent Azeem Rafiq testimony, together with practical guidance on how to create inclusive workplaces.
We sat down with Sohail Ali and Gurpreet Duhra to talk through more around their personal experiences of discrimination in both sport and in law in the UK along with their professional experience for both athletes and sports organisations on dealing with discrimination.
Sohail Ali is a partner at DLA Piper and is also a LawInSport Editorial Board Member. He is a litigation and arbitration lawyer who advises a wide range of corporate clients, including sports bodies and organisations. He's also a steering member of the firm’s race and ethnicity network, Mosaic, and co-leads the firm's client engagement on diversity and inclusion.
Gurpreet Duhra, is also a partner at DLA Piper. His practice includes a broad range of work, including workplace restructuring, senior executive issues, investigations of diversity and inclusion, collective employment issues and employment disputes more broadly. He has experience of protecting businesses against unlawful competition and misuse of confidential information by employees.
We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. If you wish to listen to the audio version or transcript of our conversation, please see here.