Barrister and author of the 2001 report that highlighted widespread racial discrimination in the Crown Prosecution Service

Sylvia Denman, who has died aged 86, was an academic, lawyer and public servant who worked hard to advance the causes of race relations and equal opportunities.

Her inquiry into race discrimination in the Crown Prosecution Service, which reported in 2001, helped the organisation move forward after a period of febrile internal politics and mistrust among many of its black and ethnic minority staff.

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