Supreme court seeks new judges who will ‘improve its diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The supreme court began its search for three new judges on Thursday, seeking members who will “improve the diversity of the court”.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2017

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LSB to put regulators’ efforts to improve diversity under microscope

Posted February 16th, 2017 in diversity, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) will next year carry out the first formal assessment of how the profession’s regulators have performed in improving diversity in their parts of the law, it has announced.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2017

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BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but that considerable progress is still needed.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2017

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FA given vote of no confidence from MPs over ability to reform – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2017 in diversity, news, parliament, sport by tracey

‘A parliamentary vote of no confidence in the Football Association’s ability to govern the sport and reform itself has been passed by a small number of MPs. The backbench motion, proposed by the chairman of the culture, media and sport committee Damian Collins, has no legal force but was intended to increase the pressure on the FA to reform its board and council in line with the new official code for sports governing bodies.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 1st, 2017 in barristers, diversity, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th January 2017

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MoJ plan to impose fixed-term contracts on judges “could be unlawful” – Legal Futures

Posted December 21st, 2016 in diversity, fees, fixed-term contracts, judges, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Plans by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to impose fixed-term contracts on fee- paid judges could be unlawful, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 21st December 2016

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New terms and conditions for judges will hinder diversity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 20th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, judiciary, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Government proposals to increase the diversity of the judiciary and improve career prospects could be counter-productive, the Law Society warned today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th December 2016

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The QC profile – Counsel

Posted December 9th, 2016 in diversity, legal profession, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Challenging the concept of a ‘stereotypical’ QC, Peter Purvis talks to five of this year’s more diverse Silk successes, with some healthy criticism of the selection process and advice for would-be applicants.’

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Counsel, December 2016

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Home Secretary speech to APPC and NPCC Partnership Summit – Home Office

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in diversity, emergency services, police, speeches by tracey

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s speech on police reform.’

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Home Office, 16th November 2016

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UK’s top judge unveils plan to make supreme court more diverse – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in courts, diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, has announced he will retire next summer and signalled the launch of a judicial appointments process that could – through offering flexible working practices – improve diversity on the supreme court bench.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Legal profession part of the problem as commission says social mobility is getting worse – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in diversity, legal education, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘Privately educated people still dominate the legal profession, with barriers to entry for those from less affluent backgrounds are even more acute at the Bar than among solicitors, the Social Mobility Commission said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

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Liz Truss promises measures to diversify judiciary – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2016 in diversity, judiciary, lord chancellor, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘More women and minority ethnic lawyers will be helped to become judges, the first female lord chancellor, Liz Truss, has pledged.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Look on bright side of diversity progress, says Sikh top judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 28th, 2016 in diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘The first Sikh High Court judge has urged solicitors to be optimistic about diversity in the judiciary, despite acknowledging recruitment challenges.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2016

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Transforming justice: judges face pay and expenses curbs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 16th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, expenses, judiciary, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Thousands of judges are facing radical changes to their pay and working conditions, including expenses curbs and a new obligation to give up to a year’s notice when they want to quit.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th September 2016

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Chambers urged to shape up on diversity as discrimination claims rise – Legal Futures

‘Chambers are seeing more grievances over discriminatory treatment by both employees and members, according to solicitors who advise them on dealing with their equality and diversity obligations.’

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Legal Futures, 1st August 2016

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Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2016

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Supreme Court revamp raises hopes for women – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2016 in diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The Supreme Court is expected to revamp its judicial selection process, which could result in more women filling vacancies.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th July 2016

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Female barristers report high level of sexual harassment at work – The Guardian

‘Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Support for women at the Bar is there when they need it – The Bar Council

Posted July 1st, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases, women by tracey

‘Over the last few years, the Bar Council has rolled out a number of initiatives aimed at improving equal opportunities for members of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 30th June 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Fall in number of magistrates ‘will mean less diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in diversity, inquiries, judiciary, magistrates, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘A sharp fall in the number of magistrates in England and Wales will ensure that those on the bench remain overwhelmingly white and elderly, the government has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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