QC body to probe why more women are not applying – Legal Futures

Posted January 13th, 2017 in minorities, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The body that appoints QCs has commissioned research to uncover barriers which deter women from applying, after they made up 27.6% of the latest batch of silks – but this was the highest proportion ever.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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Women should make up at least 45% of MPs by law, say Commons equalities committee – The Independent

Posted January 10th, 2017 in equality, news, parliament, reports, women by sally

‘Parties ‘must be held to account for reducing this democratic deficit’, according to the Women and Equalities Committee, chaired by former Culture Secretary Maria Miller.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2017

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Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in families, family courts, islamic law, news, women by sally

‘There must be no religious arbitration in family matters. It leaves minority women vulnerable to control by fundamentalists.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2016

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One in 10 crimes recorded by police are domestic abuse cases – ONS – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in crime, domestic violence, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Incidents of domestic abuse, mostly involving violent attacks on women, make up one in 10 crimes recorded by the police and account for one-third of all reported violent crimes, according to the latest Office for National Statistics research.’

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The Guardian, 8th 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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Casey report on integration calls for new oath for holders of public office – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2016 in government departments, local government, news, oaths, reports, women by sally

‘Standards of leadership and integrity in public office must be increased as part of efforts to improve social integration in Great Britain and bind communities together, Dame Louise Casey has said in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2016

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Women in Prison: 5 Key Recommendations – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 16th, 2016 in cautions, media, news, police, prisons, rehabilitation, women by sally

‘On Tuesday 8 November 2016, Halsbury’s Law Exchange (HLE) hosted a panel discussion on the urgent topic of: “Women in Prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?” In the lead up to the panel discussion, Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris co-authored a discussion paper on this vital question.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th November 2016

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Female lawyers fear “Trump effect” – Legal Futures

Posted November 10th, 2016 in legal profession, news, speeches, women by sally

‘Leading women lawyers have expressed their concerns that Donald Trump’s victory in the race for US president will have a negative impact on the legal profession in this country.’

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Legal Futures, 10th November 2016

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Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? Notes from the panel discussion – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 10th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, sentencing, women by sally

‘In 2014 a Halsbury Law Exchange panel debated “Women in prison: is the penal system fit for purpose” – the answer to which was a resounding no. Despite panellist (the then MP) Simon Hughes committing to effect change as a result of that discussion the law still hasn’t made the headway hoped for in this area.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th 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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Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 7th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, women by sally

‘Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris, in partnership with Halsbury’s Law Exchange, have spent the last three years researching sentencing and treatment of female offenders within the criminal justice system to determine whether there is a true and principled case for reform.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd November 2016

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Equal pay is still far-off for Britain, where the gender gap narrows at a glacial pace – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in equal pay, flexible working, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘New disclosure rules and more free childcare are to be welcomed, but the government must do more to ensure women earn the same as men.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2016

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MPs and peers question independence of press watchdog – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2016 in complaints, Islam, media, news, religious discrimination, terrorism, women by sally

‘The press watchdog is facing questions over its independence after Trevor Kavanagh, one of its board members, used his regular Sun column to criticise the Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji just days after her complaint against the tabloid was rejected.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Barristers say ‘over-reaction’ to Ched Evans case counterproductive – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2016 in barristers, news, rape, sexual offences, victims, women by sally

‘Leading criminal barristers are concerned that victims of sexual attacks may be “scared off” from coming forward by the “over-reaction” of some women’s rights campaigners following the Ched Evans rape verdict.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2016

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The Ipswich murders, 10 years on: ‘We owed it to the women that nothing like it would happen again’ – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in murder, news, prostitution, recidivists, women by sally

‘A decade since London Road was made notorious by the death of five sex workers, its residents have transformed the community and seen their story on stage and screen. But now, they fear government cuts will undo all the work.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

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Firm’s ‘sexist’ ballet ad cleared by watchdog – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 12th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, news, women by tracey

‘A firm’s newspaper advertisement depicting ballerinas with their arms crossing their chests – with the tagline “Protect your assets” – has been cleared by authorities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2016

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Proportion of female judges in UK among lowest in Europe – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2016 in judiciary, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The UK has one of the lowest proportions of female judges on its benches, according to a comparative study of judicial systems across Europe. The report by the Council of Europe, published on Thursday, shows that the systems with the lowest percentage of women among professional judges were Azerbaijan (11%), Armenia (23%), Northern Ireland (23%), Scotland (23%), England & Wales (30%) and Ireland (33%). The Europe-wide average was 51%.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2016

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Six things we’ve learned about misogyny as a hate crime – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in hate crime, news, women by sally

‘Women’s groups and police are looking at ways of making it easier to report offences.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2016

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Housing shortage means many women ‘feel safer behind bars’ – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in housing, landlord & tenant, news, prisons, probation, release on licence, reports, women by sally

‘A former inmate has told the BBC many women feel “safer in prison” due to a lack of suitable housing for female ex-offenders.’

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BBC News, 22nd September 2016

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Number of women convicted of domestic violence at record high – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2016 in domestic violence, gender, news, reports, statistics, women by tracey

‘The data did not specify if the women’s victims were male or female, however campaigners say the statistics serve as a reminder that while the overwhelming majority of abusers are male, women can also commit serious abuse.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2016

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