Women in law: what needs to change – The Future of Law

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in diversity, equality, legal profession, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Why are there so few women at the top of the legal profession? Just one in five partners in top-20 firms is a woman, and just eight hold senior management roles in the top 50 firms, despite the fact that more women enter the profession than men. FLUX asked four senior lawyers for their take on the challenges and solutions.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd Febraury 2016

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Domestic violence legal aid changes were ‘invalid’ – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2016 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, ministers' powers and duties, news, women by sally

‘A women’s charity has won an appeal against rule changes which it said “cut too many women off” from legal aid in domestic violence cases.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2016

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Virginia Mantouvalou: Modern Slavery? The UK Visa System and the Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 18th, 2016 in employment, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, visas, women by sally

‘Since 2012 migrant domestic workers arrive in the UK under very restrictive visa conditions. The Overseas Domestic Worker visa does not permit them to change employer and ties them to the employer with whom they arrived for a non-renewable period of six months. Domestic workers, particularly when they live in the employers’ household, are a vulnerable group of workers. They are also often excluded from labour protective laws. The UK visa has been heavily criticised by many for creating further vulnerability, and has even been linked to slavery. Between 15,000 and 16,000 such visas are issued each year, according to the Home Office, which does not provide any further information on arrivals but produces data on the nationality of the employers. About 80 per cent come from a very small number of countries in the Middle East.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th February 2016

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PM calls for rethink of treatment of pregnant women in prison – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 8th, 2016 in children, pilot schemes, pregnancy, press releases, prisons, statistics, women by tracey

‘Treatment of pregnant women and female prisoners with babies to be reformed including tagging, problem-solving courts and alternative resettlement units.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th February 2016

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Vulnerable victims of violence ‘at risk’ over funding uncertainty – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in bills, budgets, news, refugees, victims, violence, women by sally

‘The most vulnerable victims of violent crimes, including abused women and refugees, are being put at a greater risk over uncertainty in funding to frontline services, officials have warned in a letter to the government. Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) from across England have called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide urgent clarification of the grants available to victims’ services.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2016

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Woman claims ‘psychological torture’ over ‘relationship with undercover officer’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2016 in news, police, psychiatric damage, victims, women by sally

‘In 2015 Scotland Yard made an apology to seven women who were deceived into ‘abusive, deceitful and manipulative’ relationships with undercover police officers’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2016

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‘I was violently attacked but my case was dropped because I had been drinking’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, assault, news, victims, violence, witnesses, women by sally

‘After I was mugged, a suspect was arrested but the case was dropped because of ‘grave concerns’ about the credibility of my evidence. Can a new law protect thousands of women like me?’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2016

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Bar regulator seeks women’s experiences at the Bar, launches survey – The Bar Council

Posted January 13th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a survey today to better understand women’s experiences of the equality rules of the BSB Handbook.’

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The Bar Council, 12th January 2016

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Hidden rise in violent crime driven by growth in violence against women – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in crime, domestic violence, news, statistics, violence, women by sally

‘Women are bearing the brunt of an invisible rise in violent crime, a new analysis shows. Domestic violence and violence against women have increased since 2009, researchers found, pushing up overall levels of violent crime.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Number of female applicants for QC still stubbornly low, selectors say – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2016 in diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘The number of women applying for Queen’s Counsel remains “stubbornly low”, the appointments panel has said, after promoting 25 female barristers and solicitor advocates among a total of 107.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2016

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Rules on whether transgender prisoners go to male or female jails to be reviewed – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in death in custody, gender, news, prisons, probation, suicide, transsexuals, women by sally

‘The rules governing how transgender prisoners are treated – and whether they are sent to male or female prisons – are to be reviewed, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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Second transgender prisoner found dead in male jail – The Guardian

‘A transgender woman has become the second trans prisoner in the space of a month to apparently take their own life while serving time in a male jail in England.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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Prisons announcement – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2015 in press releases, prisons, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘Written Ministerial Statement made by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2015

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Failure of QC appointment system to deliver diversity “should cast doubt on future of status” – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2015 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Abolishing the status of QC should now be seriously considered in the light of research that shows male Oxbridge-educated junior barristers from London-based chambers are still far more likely to take silk, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2015

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Police apologise to women who had relationships with undercover officers – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs have apologised unreservedly to seven women who were deceived into forming long-term relationships with undercover police officers, it has been announced.The Metropolitan police have also paid substantial, undisclosed amounts of compensation to the women who had intimate relationships, lasting up to nine years, with the undercover spies.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Home Office accused of breaking rules on cuffing asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2015 in asylum, detention, health, news, restraint, women by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of breaching its guidelines on handcuffing asylum seekers, which were updated after an elderly man with dementia died while shackled in a detention centre near Heathrow.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2015

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Lady Hale: supreme court should be ashamed if diversity does not improve – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2015 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The UK’s supreme court should be “ashamed” if it does not radically improve its diversity in the next round of judicial appointments, according to its only female judge, Lady Justice Hale.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2015

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#killallwhitemen row: charges dropped against student diversity officer – The Guardian

‘Bahar Mustafa, the Goldsmiths student diversity officer who was due to appear in court after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen, has had charges against her dropped.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice – Temple Women’s Forum

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice (PDF)

Temple Women’s Forum, 19th October 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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The Sun’s ‘cleavage week’ ads escape ban – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2015 in advertising, complaints, jurisdiction, media, news, ombudsmen, photography, women by sally

‘A competition in the Sun inviting readers to submit a photo of their cleavage for the chance to win £1,000 has escaped a ban from the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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