5SAH Chambers have collaborated with Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in a series of video-podcasts called, Black Futures: The Legal Perspective, which gives a legal outlook on important topics in support of BCA.

In this video, No Slavery on English Soil, family law barrister, Stephanie Coker looks at the case Somerset v Stewart: 1772, and human rights, extradition, and criminal law barrister, David Williams discusses modern slavery and how slavery might be closer to our everyday lives than we think.

The Somerset v Stewart case was a ruling in 1772, relating to the right of an enslaved person on English soil not to be forcibly removed from the country and sent to Jamaica for sale.

Learn more about 5SAH’s legal perspective on the significance of this topic, which is a relevant conversation today, by watching the full video on BCA's Learning resources page.

Look out for our other videos in the BCA series and watch our first video: Windrush: A Very British Scandal.

David Williams practices in Extradition, Human Rights, Public Law, Sports Law / Regulation and Criminal Defence. He has extensive experience of proceedings before the Criminal, Administrative and Divisional Courts, encompassing appellate work in Crime (CofA and Case Stated), as well as in extradition proceedings and judicial review, with particular expertise in European prison conditions. David is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in the field of Extradition and International (London Bar).