In conversation with Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 26th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, news, women by tracey

‘Inspired by the centenary of Dr Ivy Williams, the first woman to be called to the Bar in England and Wales, we interviewed Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman as they spoke with one another about their experiences as women in the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd August 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

“Little evidence” of discrimination or harassment on Bar courses – Legal Futures

Posted August 25th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news by sally

‘There is little evidence of bullying, discrimination and harassment on Bar training courses, students have reported as part of Bar Standards Board (BSB) research into equality and diversity (E&D) at the vocational stage of training.’

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Legal Futures, 25th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Diversity concerns as Supreme Court reappoints old guard – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2022 in bills, diversity, judges, news, retirement, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has appointed two recently-retired judges as justices, which critics have pointed out means that men called David now outnumber women by three to one on the UK’s highest court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Academy for aspiring barristers from under-represented groups goes live – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news by sally

‘An academy scheme for aspiring barristers from under-represented groups has launched a year-long programme to give 100 students access to internships – including at the Supreme Court – mini-pupillages, mentoring and life coaching.’

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Legal Futures, 11th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Allison Bailey: Barrister awarded £22,000 in discrimination case – BBC News

‘A barrister has won part of her employment tribunal claim that she was discriminated against because of her gender-critical views.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Research highlights ethnic minority attainment gap on Bar course – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The attainment gap between ethnic minority and White students in the centrally assessed modules of the Bar professional training course (BPTC) was “broadly similar” to other modules but with a higher impact on pass rates, research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judicial diversity – solicitor numbers continue to dwindle – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 15th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by tracey

‘Latest judicial diversity statistics continue to paint a bleak picture for solicitors, with the percentage of non-barristers in post lower than it was in 2014.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB to probe if solicitors give clients choice when instructing barristers – Legal futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to gather evidence from solicitors on how they choose a barrister, including whether they offer their clients a choice – or even take account of a client’s views.’

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Legal Futures, 14th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB publishes new Equality and Research Strategies – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 14th, 2022 in barristers, bullying, diversity, equality, harassment, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a new Equality Strategy and a new Research Strategy.’

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Bar Standards Board, 13th July 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps – The Chancery Bar Association

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news by sally

‘The Equality and Diversity Sub-Committees of COMBAR, ChBA and Tecbar (the “SBAs”) are delighted to issue the report “The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps” (“the Report”) for consideration by members and member sets.’

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The Chancery Bar Association, April 2022

Source: www.chba.org.uk

Report calls for primary school exclusions to be banned by 2026 – The Independent

‘Exclusions from primary school should be banned by 2026, a new report has said.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

FCA finalises ‘comply or explain’ diversity rules for listed companies – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 27th, 2022 in codes of practice, company law, diversity, news by sally

‘The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has finalised rules requiring UK listed companies to set out in their annual reports whether they have met board diversity targets.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th April 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

MPs slate Ministry of Justice over Crown Court backlog and judges – Legal Futures

‘MPs today slated the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) “meagre ambition” to reduce the Crown Court case backlog and warned that efforts to recruit judges will ignore the need to improve diversity.’

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Legal Futures, 9th March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Wedding laws are outdated and restrictive, new research suggests – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2022 in diversity, Law Commission, marriage, news, reports by tracey

‘Wedding laws in England and Wales are outdated and restrictive, according to research from the University of Warwick and Exeter.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barristers plan ground-breaking transparency over income and caseloads – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration by sally

‘One of the country’s largest chambers is planning to be the first to publish details of barristers’ incomes and caseloads, which would enable comparisons to be made based on gender and ethnicity.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB report: Female barristers continue to earn less than male barristers, and barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds continue to earn less than White barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report updating its analysis of data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. This builds on previous research by the BSB published in 2020 and research into incomes undertaken by the Bar Council in September 2021 by considering a wider range of factors liked to income (such as seniority and location) as well as comparing pre and post pandemic income levels.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th February 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

High Court gives permission for judicial review over impact of development on diversity and character of Brick Lane area – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 1st, 2022 in diversity, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘Campaigners have secured permission for a judicial review challenge over Tower Hamlets Council’s grant of planning permission for a new office building on Brick Lane.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Diversity at the Bar improved again in 2021 but women and people from ethnic minorities are still underrepresented as QCs, says BSB report – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 31st, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that the profession became increasingly diverse in 2021 and that a greater proportion of barristers disclosed their demographic data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th January 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Number of pupil barristers rebounds after Covid-related slump -Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2022 in barristers, coronavirus, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics, women by tracey

‘The number of pupil barristers has rebounded after the pandemic sent it crashing, while women increasingly dominate the junior end of the Bar, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

One of the only black female QCs in England and Wales calls for action on inequality – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, minorities, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘One of the only black female QCs in England and Wales has said the time has come for action and “no more talk” when it comes to tackling race inequality in the legal profession.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com