BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 4th, 2019 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Complaints by female and BAME military staff a ‘serious concern’ – BBC News

‘A “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2019

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Post-LASPO and the role of diversity in family law – Family Law

Posted August 5th, 2019 in diversity, equality, families, legal aid, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘Celebrations and policy campaigns continue to mark a 100 years of women in law. In 2017, as reported in the Law Society’s Annual Statistics Report Flyer 2018 ‘for the first time, the number of female practising certificate (PC) holders exceeded male colleagues…women made up 50.1% of all PC holders – up from 43.4% in 2007.’ Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals as practising solicitors were at its highest at 16.5% of the profession. While significant strives have been made, little attention has been paid to the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on the role of diversity, with particular reference to women and BAME, in family law.’

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Family Law, 5th August 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

‘White middle-aged men’ leading armed forces blamed for bullying culture in new report – The Independent

‘Servicemen and women are facing “unacceptable” levels of inappropriate behaviour in part due to the “pack mentality of white middle-aged men” commanding the armed forces, a report says. A “significant number” of military personnel have experienced “bullying, discrimination and harassment, including sexual”, according to the research commissioned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Armed forces: Sexual offence claims ‘not properly recorded’ – BBC News

‘At least 60 sexual offence allegations investigated by military service police in two years were not reported in official figures, the BBC has found. Figures for 2017 and 2018 did not include alleged offences such as sexual communications with children and stalking involving fear of violence.’

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BBC news, 16th July 2019

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Chambers “must publish” data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, homosexuality, internet, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a new rule requiring chambers to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites, whether or not all of their barristers agree.’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The lawyer who wants more academics to ‘come out’ as working class – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2019 in diversity, equality, human rights, news, universities by sally

‘The founder of the Association of Working Class Academics is fighting for class to be recognised in equality law as well as race and gender.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2019

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White students still way out ahead in race for pupillages – Legal Futures

‘White students are significantly more likely to obtain pupillage than those from BAME backgrounds, with the gap widest among those who have not achieved the highest results, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ep 84: Widening Access at the Bar – Jo Moore and Laura Bruce – Law Pod UK

Posted June 25th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, news by sally

‘In this episode, Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Jo Moore from 1COR and Laura Bruce from the Sutton Trust about widening participation at the Bar.’

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Law Pod UK, 17th June 2019

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Bias still hindering women targeting partnership at big firms – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in bias, bullying, diversity, harassment, law firms, news, partnerships, women by sally

‘Only 33% of new partners at Europe’s biggest law firms are women with bias from both male colleagues and male clients the main reason for gender imbalance, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Blog: what our new Bar qualification rules could mean for you – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 20th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, legal education, press releases, universities by tracey

‘Having spent several years working in a university and managing training for professionals before being called to the Bar in 2007, I know first-hand the importance of high-quality education and training. The organisation I lead, the Bar Standards Board, has for the past few years been reviewing how barristers qualify in England and Wales, and I’m delighted that our new Bar qualification rules have now been launched.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th June 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Report calls for end to “macho culture” of chambers – Legal Futures

Posted May 30th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, equality, gender, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The “macho culture that can pervade chambers” must go if the Bar is to improve its gender balance, a report by a specialist discrimination law firm run by a QC has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Oxbridge can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests – Daily Telegraph

‘Oxford and Cambridge universities can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, a tribunal ruling suggests.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2019

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New programme to boost judicial diversity – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 25th, 2019 in diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Lawyers from underrepresented groups will be better supported to become judges following the launch of a new online education programme today (24 April).’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 24th April 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Lammy: Lack of BAME judges is due to discrimination – Legal Futures

‘The lack of judges from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background is down to discrimination, according to the MP who investigated the treatment of BAME people in the criminal justice system.’

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Legal Futures, 9th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lawyer who warned trainees never to wear brown shoes with blue suits under fire – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 9th, 2019 in diversity, law firms, legal profession, news by sally

‘The ‘no brown in town’ adage has been the subject of scorn, sneers and scandal in City pubs for more than 100 years. Yet despite an increasing awareness of social mobility and social taboos, one top city law firm appears to have shunned such progress.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2019

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Discriminatory instruction barrister: Fault is system’s not solicitor’s – Legal Futures

‘The Asian woman barrister who was disinstructed after her client wanted a white man to represent her has said she does not blame the solicitor involved.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd April 2019

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Pupil recruitment system “not virtue signalling”, QC says – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news, pupillage by sally

‘The first chambers to use a recruitment system which provides ‘contextual’ information to improve diversity is not “virtue signalling”, the head of its pupillage committee has said.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2019

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Lady Hale: at least half of UK judiciary should be female – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2019 in diversity, equality, gender, judges, judiciary, news, statistics, women by sally

‘At least half of the judiciary should be women, Britain’s most senior judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Hallett tells senior lawyers to step up on discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Top women judges have called on senior lawyers to take responsibility for ensuring there is no discrimination in their organisations rather than leaving it to diversity specialists.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk