Retention improving at the Bar as average age of barristers rises – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, news, statistics by sally

‘The proportion of barristers aged over 50 has tripled over the past 30 years, while the number of pupils has shrunk by almost 30%, research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Discrimination the “sole cause” of paucity of Black QCs – Legal Futures

‘Discrimination is the “sole identifiable cause” for the paucity of Black barristers, particularly at QC level, a co-chair of the Bar Council’s race working group has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ad men sacked to improve gender pay gap win sex discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘Two white male creative directors at a top London advertising agency have won a sex discrimination claim after a female director vowed to “obliterate” its Mad Men reputation of being full of straight, white men.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lammy hits out at “absolute scandal” of judicial diversity – Legal Futures

Posted July 16th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘It is an “absolute scandal” that just 1% of judges are Black, the shadow Lord Chancellor has declared in the wake of figures that showed a decline in the number of solicitors on the bench too.’

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Legal Futures, 16th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judicial diversity goes into reverse as barristers dominate – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 16th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘Latest diversity statistics show once again a judiciary dominated by barristers – with the number of non-barristers in post lower than it was in 2014.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

CPS diversity declaration rule to put chambers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to use a new annual online declaration by panel barristers of any protected characteristics to analyse the proportionality of case allocation and fee payments within chambers.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Changing the picture: diversity at silk level – Counsel

‘Exclusive statistical analysis: Barbara Mills QC outlines how the deeply unhelpful, homogenous BAME acronym is masking the true extent and systemic nature of the Bar’s diversity problem.’

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Counsel, July 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers – Legal Futures

‘Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), new research has shown.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Government commission ignored evidence of NHS racism, says British Medical Association – The Independent

‘The British Medical Association has said the highly-contested Sewell report “ignored well-documented” evidence of structural racism. The professional body for doctors refuted the report’s overall findings and said the government-appointed Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) missed opportunities to identify effective solutions to tackling racial inequality.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2021

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NEWS ‘Crying in court’: Bar Council urges action on judicial bullying – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in barristers, bullying, courts, diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has encouraged barristers to speak up about judicial bullying, following an anecdotal rise in judges making lawyers cry in court. The representative body is due to meet with the judiciary’s equality and diversity lead this week to discuss the types of incidents involving judges that get reported and the impact they have on barristers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Black lawyers call on profession to be “example of anti-racism” – Legal Futures

‘The group Black Women in Law has called on fellow lawyers to be an “example of anti-racism in action” by challenging racism whenever they see it and wherever they hear it.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB diversity report finds multiple failings by regulators – Legal Futures

‘Measures taken by frontline legal regulators to improve diversity and inclusion are insufficient and based on inadequate evidence, according to a report published by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futures, 28th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK supreme court to take on paid interns from underrepresented groups – The Guardian

‘The supreme court has announced its first paid internships for aspiring lawyers from underrepresented communities as it seeks to increase diversity in the judiciary. The initiative by the UK’s highest court, in collaboration with the charity Bridging the Bar, comes as the supreme court, judiciary and legal profession more widely face scrutiny over accessibility.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Watchdog Gives UK Government Mixed Scorecard on Human Rights – Each Other

‘The latest report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission holds Westminster and Welsh Assembly accountable for a lack of progress concerning human rights.’

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Each Other, 24th May 2021

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Girlguiding charity apologises as audit uncovers racism and Islamophobia – The Independent

Posted May 20th, 2021 in charities, diversity, Islam, news, racism, reports, young persons by tracey

‘Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, has apologised after an external audit uncovered alarming instances of racism and Islamophobia among girl guides and staff. The probe, which took evidence from over 200 members, staff, parents and carers, revealed instances of discrimination that saw young people of colour being called racial slurs and a Muslim girl being asked to remove her hijab during a trip.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2021

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SRA and BSB change approaches to gender in diversity surveys – Legal Futures

‘Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) are this year changing their approach to recording the sex and gender of those they regulate, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council backs Charter for Black Talent – The Bar Council

Posted May 4th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, minorities, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council, the barristers profession’s representative body, has today become the latest organisation to give its backing to the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of talented Black professionals in senior positions in the financial and professional services sectors in the UK.’

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The Bar Council, 30th April 2021

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

DPP: CPS ‘briefing principles’ to aid under-represented advocates – Legal Futures

Posted April 27th, 2021 in barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, diversity, equality, news, women by sally

‘New “briefing principles” will ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) delivers equality of opportunity among the advocates it instructs, the Director of Public Prosecutions has pledged.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judges call for probe of discrimination in the judiciary – Litigation Futures

‘A group of serving judges has called on the justice select committee to conduct a “wholly independent audit” of discrimination in the judiciary.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th April 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Women’s History Month: Justice Zainab Jawara Alami shares her experiences as a female judge – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 21st, 2021 in diversity, equality, judges, legal profession, news, women by tracey

‘Women’s History Month: Justice Zainab Jawara Alami shares her experiences as a female judge.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th April 2021

Source: www.judiciary.uk