The Bar has confounded critics and doomsayers for decades – The Bar Council

Posted November 6th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, queen's counsel, speeches by tracey

‘The Bar has confounded decades of critics and doomsayers through fearlessness and competition for excellence, Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC told the 32nd Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference today.’

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The Bar Council, 4th November 2017

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Peers warn of low morale in judiciary and call for greater diversity – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, pensions, remuneration, select committees by tracey

‘The dilapidated state of some courts, a shortage of support staff and heavy administrative burdens are depressing the judiciary’s morale, a parliamentary report has warned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2017

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SRA: Men six times more likely to be partners than BAME women – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2017 in diversity, minorities, news, partnerships, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘White male solicitors are almost six times more likely to become a partner than women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background, research commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2017

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HMCTS launches new consultation on flexible court hours pilots after heeding objections – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in consultations, courts, diversity, HM Courts Service, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has launched a new consultation on flexible operating hours pilots which accepts the possibility that extending the hours of courts, although desirable, might have to be abandoned altogether.’

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Legal Futures, 26th October 2017

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Junior barristers “bearing the brunt” of pressure in criminal courts – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in barristers, case management, courts, criminal justice, diversity, news by tracey

‘ “Concerned words” about diversity and social mobility need to be turned into action through changes to the way the criminal courts operate if junior barristers are to be retained, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2017

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Bar to consult on scrapping LGBT reporting restrictions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board is considering dropping a rule that allows one barrister to prevent an entire set from revealing the sexual orientation and religious beliefs of its members.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th October 2017

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Brenda Hale sworn in as first female president of UK’s supreme court – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Brenda Hale, the first female president of the supreme court, and Sir Ian Burnett, the youngest lord chief justice for 50 years, have been sworn in at the opening of the legal year.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2017

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Inns of Court accused of not doing enough to combat homophobia as research uncovers discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Many LGBT+ barristers believe the Inns of Court are not doing enough to combat homophobia at the Bar, according to a ground-breaking study which suggested that “homophobia is stronger at the Bar than in the general population”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2017

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Lawyers seek judicial review against PM over Grenfell inquiry panel – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2017 in diversity, fire, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Emergency legal proceedings have been lodged against the prime minister in the high court over the lack of ethnic and religious diversity on the panel of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, which begins on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2017

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Bar Council responds to Lammy Review – The Bar Council

Posted September 11th, 2017 in criminal justice, diversity, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said today’s publication of the Lammy Review was a major contribution to the important and urgent task of securing a fair and equal criminal justice system.’

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The Bar Council, 8th September 2017

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Increase in female magistrates could mask decline in diversity – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2017 in diversity, magistrates, news, statistics, women by sally

‘A majority of magistrates are women but the sustained increase in their numbers may be concealing a reduction of social diversity on the bench, the national chair of the Magistrates Association has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2017

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Judge spearheading late-night courts confronts the critics – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in courts, diversity, judges, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The senior judge in charge of modernising the courts service has hit out at “ill-informed comments” from lawyers and “misunderstandings” about controversial plans to test out-of-hours courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2017

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Celebrate Lady Hale – then make the senior judiciary more diverse – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2017 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Brenda Hale’s appointment as president of the UK supreme court is a landmark. But the highest echelons of the legal profession still need change.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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Lady Hale appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new Justices – Supreme Court

Posted July 21st, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, press releases, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Baroness Hale of Richmond will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court, it was announced today, alongside three additional appointments to the UK’s top appeal court.’

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Supreme Court, 21st July 2017

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Judicial diversity stats show barristers’ stranglehold increasing – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, statistics by tracey

‘The senior judiciary has expressed anxiety about efforts to recruit solicitors to the bench after figures showed the proportions are going backwards.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2017

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Bar Standards Board “to monitor impact of longer court hours plan on diversity” – Legal Futures

Posted July 14th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, news, working time by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering the impact of the HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) proposals for longer sitting hours on the diversity of the profession, the only legal regulator so far to take a step, however tentative, into an issue that has generated bitter opposition from the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 14th July 2017

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Bar Chair: Time to admit flexible court hours is a bad idea – The Bar Council

‘Two things are on a collision course. The first is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMTCS) plan that courts operate on a shift system – so called “Flexible Operating Hours”.The second is the determination of the legal profession and many within the judiciary to do whatever it takes to retain talented women at the Bar so that the senior Bar and the judiciary at all levels exhibit a stronger representation of women.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2017

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Why we need more black and minority ethnic magistrates – The Guardian

‘Jacqueline Macdonald-Davis and Jessica Baldwin are spearheading a campaign to court greater diversity among volunteers to the bench.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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“Massive memory test” preventing Bar students from understanding ethical values – Legal Futures

‘Bar students are struggling to understand ethical values because of the “massive memory test” awaiting them in the examination room, a senior lecturer has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2017

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Prevalence of all-male teams of counsel at Supreme Court “damaging diversity”, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted June 20th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Supreme Court judges should question the make-up of all-male teams of barristers appearing before the highest court in the land as their prevalence is damaging diversity in the profession, researchers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2017

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