Diversity and the profession: a reply to Lord Sumption – The Lawyer

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, solicitors, women by sally

‘Last night, Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court, was trending on Twitter. This, I think, was a first. The furore was linked to an interview given by Lord Sumption to the Evening Standard.’

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The Lawyer, 22nd September 2015

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No rush for more women at the top of the legal profession, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in costs, diversity, equality, human rights, judges, judiciary, legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Lord Sumption claims rushing to achieve equality could damage the judiciary.’
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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2015

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Crime would fall if jail population was halved, says penal reform charity – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2015 in charities, news, parole, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Billions of pounds would be saved and crime would fall if the prison population were slashed by more than half, a penal reform charity claims.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2015

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Hate crimes against Muslims in London ‘up by 70%’, police figures show – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2015 in Islam, London, news, racism, religious discrimination, statistics, women by sally

‘London’s Muslims have faced a 70% increase in Islamophobic attacks over the past year, according to figures from the Metropolitan Police.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2015

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Law firms need to work on giving female barristers equal “crack of the whip” on instructions – Legal Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in barristers, equality, law firms, news, women by sally

‘Male solicitors must be alert to their “unconscious assumptions” and ensure female barristers get an “equal crack of the whip in winning work on their merits”, the vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd September 2015

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The Lingering Gender Pay Gap – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 28th, 2015 in equal pay, equality, news, women by sally

‘Jessica Smeaton looks at the government’s new consultation paper and the impact on large employers.’
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No. 5 Chambers, 25th August 2015

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Slavery: How women’s key role in abolition has yet to receive the attention it deserves – The Independent

‘The journey of Mary Prince from the salt ponds of Bermuda to a cause célèbre in early 19th-century Britain came at unbearable personal cost. Torn from her family in a slave auction and routinely beaten while naked, she was brought to England by her owners after years of brutality on Caribbean plantations.’

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The Independent, 23rd August 2015

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Sex offences on trains and stations reach record level – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2015 in news, sexual offences, statistics, transport, women by sally

‘The number of recorded sexual offences on trains and at stations has risen 25% to a record level, British Transport Police figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2015

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Woman serving eight-week prison sentence found dead in her cell – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2015 in death in custody, news, women by sally

‘A woman who was serving an eight-week prison sentence for shoplifting has been found dead in her cell.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2015

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Yarl’s Wood conditions deteriorated so much women are being treated like ‘animals’ – The Independent

‘Conditions at a privately run immigration removal centre have “deteriorated” over the past year to the extent that almost half of the women held there fear for their safety, according to a damning report published by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2015

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UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial – The Guardian

‘The chief prisons inspector has called for time limits on the detention of migrants without trial after fresh warnings of a significant deterioration in conditions at an immigration removal centre for women.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2015

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Mothers Confined (part 3) | Lead by example: transforming rehabilitation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 6th, 2015 in news, rehabilitation, Scotland, supervision orders, women by sally

‘Transforming Reahabilitation (TR) has been offered as a way in which women in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) “will have increased access to support services”. Prior to the many women who were incarcerated pre-TR and would be released from prison without supervision, will now – regardless of whether they have served one day or 12 months – be required to have some form of supervision. Previously, all people leaving custody serving less than 12 months were released without supervision.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2015

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Smashing stereotypes, childcare and class snobbery: My life as a female judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2015 in equality, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘New figures show there are more judges under 40 than ever in Britain – and more than half of them are women. Here, Marilyn Mornington, who became a judge at 40, explains what it’s like being a woman at the top of the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2015

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Why doesn’t our judiciary reflect the diverse society it serves? – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2015 in equality, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘What percentage of court of appeal and high court judges would you guess are women? What about the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the judiciary?’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 2: Time for action – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

It is plain that across the board there is a desire for change in relation to women and criminal justice. Many examples exists of wonderful, creative, worthwhile and even evidently successful projects in relation to diverting women away from custody and improving conditions for women who lose their liberty. Research related to women and criminal justice is ongoing from a range of respected and vociferous advocates such as Women’s Breakout, The Prison Reform Trust, Women in Prison and Halsbury’s Law Exchange to name but a few – many working together to effect change. There is no doubt that evidence and recommendations from each of these respected bodies – and more alongside them – will call for real change, offering genuine educated and reasonable arguments for doing so. However arguably (at least for now), the real “power” lies with the Courts, ergo it is the Courts who need to be at the vanguard of change.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 1: Over the threshold? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Research surrounding the imprisonment of women, indeed even the imprisonment of mothers, is not new. A plethora of researchers and scholars have explored the issues surrounding women and criminal justice with passion and tenacity, arguably all of whom have contributed to the evidence-laden pathway culminating in the inspirational and influential 2006 Corston Report.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st July 2015

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‘People got used to younger judges’ says woman who joined the bench at 36 – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in judiciary, news, women by sally

‘Sophie Toms is a deputy district judge who made it on her first attempt. She says shortage of women in the judiciary could be down to confidence issues.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2015

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More than 80 per cent of female inmates locked up for non-violent offences, new figures show – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, women by sally

‘More than 80 per cent of female prisoners have been locked up for non-violent offences such as shoplifting, new figures show, as a drive is launched to clear jails of women who pose no danger to the public.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2015

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Female barristers subjected to shocking levels of rampant sexism, says Bar report – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Shocking levels of rampant sexism still exist among barristers “existing in a children’s playground” who know they can get away with “grossly disrespectful” comments, according to a major Bar Council report.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2015

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Related link: Snapshot: The Experience of Self-Employed Women at the Bar

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Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children ‘sexual play things’ guilty of 23 offences – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in child abuse, conspiracy, gangs, news, rape, sexual offences, social services, women by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of being at the centre of a paedophile ring which set children up as “sexual play-things” over more than a decade.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2015

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