Female juniors head towards equality before top court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 16th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, gender, news, statistics, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The ratio of women to men appearing before the Supreme Court has improved hugely in recent years at junior levels, although less so at senior levels, a comprehensive survey has shown.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 15th April 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Cost of changing legal gender cut to less than £10 – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2021 in birth certificates, fees, gender, marriage, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The £140 fee to apply for a gender recognition certificate will be cut to “single figures” from next month, according to government sources.’

Full Story

BBC News, 7th April 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Parents can consent to children being given puberty blockers, High Court rules – The Independent

‘Parents can consent to their child being given puberty blockers without applying for a court’s approval, the High Court has ruled following a case that contested whether under-16s were able to give permission themselves.’

Full Story

The Independent, 27th March 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Unequal Power to Grant and Remove PR from Biological Parents – Family Law Week

Posted March 22nd, 2021 in children, equality, families, family courts, gender, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘Stephen Williams, Barrister, St Mary’s Chambers, calls for reconsideration of the restrictions on the acquisition of parental responsibility by fathers.’

Full Story

Family Law Week, 17th March 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Mikołaj Barczentewicz: An empirical study of the gender of counsel before the UK’s highest court – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘During the live television coverage of the Supreme Court hearings in Miller (No 1), some commentators (and no doubt many members of the public) noted that almost all lawyers in the courtroom were male. That image of the UK’s “Supreme Court bar” (to borrow a US term), though not entirely accurate, highlighted an ongoing problem with gender representation. In a new study (available here), I analysed the trends of gender and seniority in counsel appearances before the House of Lords and the Supreme Court from 1970 to 2020 based on a unique dataset I created covering 5,041 lawyers and 2,714 judgments. I found that there are some very optimistic signs regarding appearances of the most junior counsel. However, gender balance among the more senior counsel is not as good and has not been clearly improving over the most recent years, which matters because counsel with more experience before the highest court dominate litigation in that court. The unprecedented representation of women among the most junior counsel in the Supreme Court gives nevertheless a reason to believe that the situation will improve also among the more senior counsel.’

Full Story

UK Constitutional Law Association , 15th March 2021

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Guidance on sex question in UK census must be changed, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2021 in birth certificates, census, gender, judicial review, news by sally

‘Guidance on the sex question in the UK census must be changed before the official day to complete it on 21 March, a high court judge has ruled.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 9th March 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

A Campaign To Include Mx Title On All Forms Is Gaining Momentum. Here’s Why It’s Important – Each Other

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in electronic commerce, equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Include Mx, which was launched in November 2020, is a micro campaign that approaches businesses and organisations to ask them to include Mx as an option on forms. Mx is a gender neutral honorific that was first coined and used in the 1970s. It’s used by those who do not identify as a particular gender, as well as those who do not want to reveal their gender.’

Full Story

Each Other, 1st March 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

Government agrees to call pregnant ministers ‘mothers’ – The Independent

‘The government has agreed to change the wording in its new maternity leave legislation from referring to “pregnant people” to “mothers” after the phrasing was rejected by the House of Lords – despite gender-neutral language being government convention.’

Full Story

The Independent, 26th February 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK firms given six months’ grace on gender pay gap reporting – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in enforcement, gender, news, notification, remuneration, time limits by tracey

‘Companies that fail to meet the gender pay gap reporting deadline of 4 April will be given a six-month reprieve before any enforcement action is taken against them. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said companies should report by the deadline if possible, but confirmed it would not begin enforcement proceedings until 4 October.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

“Gender reassignment: expanding the protected characteristic” ELA article by Robin Moira White and Sioban Calcott (Brethertons) – Old Square Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, employment, equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Old Square Chambers’ Robin White and Sioban Calcott from Brethertons LLP have written an article on “Gender reassignment: expanding the protected characteristic” in the ELA Briefing 2021.’

Full Story

Old Square Chambers, 9th February 2021

Source: oldsquare.co.uk

High court grants leave to appeal to UK gender identity service – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2021 in appeals, consent, gender, medical treatment, news, transgender persons, young persons by sally

‘An NHS trust has been allowed to appeal against a high court decision that barred it from referring under-16s for puberty-blocking treatment.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 19th January 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Puberty Blocking — can a child consent? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A case about medical treatment for children experiencing gender dysphoria is bound to evoke strong feelings. So, in early October, when the parties in R (on the application of Quincy Bell and A v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others arrived for the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, they found a buzz of press photographers and a throng of campaigners with placards.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 4th December 2020

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

A substantive review of the landmark decision in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Limited and the protection it provides for those who identify as non-binary and gender fluid under the Equality Act 2010 – Lamb Chambers

‘In September 2020, the Employment Tribunal ruled in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Limited that the definition of gender reassignment under section 7 Equality Act 2010 (“EA 2010”) covers employees who identify as non-binary and gender fluid. The Claimant, Ms Taylor, successfully claimed direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of gender reassignment.’

Full Story

Lamb Chambers, November 2020

Source: www.lambchambers.co.uk

Puberty blockers: under-16s ‘unlikely to be able to give informed consent’ – The Guardian

‘Children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs, the high court has ruled.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 1st December 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Trans teen in legal action over gender clinic wait – BBC News

‘A 14-year-old transgender boy is starting legal proceedings against NHS England over delays to gender reassignment treatment.’

Full Story

BBC News, 23rd November 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK supreme court could be left with only one female justice – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2020 in diversity, equality, gender, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Progress towards gender diversity on the UK’s highest court is in danger of being thrown into reverse, following the announcement that another female justice will retire shortly.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th November 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

New BSB research on income at the Bar by gender and ethnicity – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 5th, 2020 in barristers, gender, minorities, news, remuneration, reports, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new report analysing its data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. It shows that female barristers are likely to earn less than male barristers and that those from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups are likely to earn less than White barristers. This holds true when looking at the income of barristers practising within the same area of law, within the same parts of the country, and amongst those with similar seniority in terms of how long they have been practising.’

Full Story

Bar Standards Board, 5th November 2020

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Ex-prisoner challenges MoJ policy after alleged sexual assault by trans woman – The Guardian

‘A prisoner who was allegedly sexually assaulted behind bars by another inmate has challenged the Ministry of Justice over its policy on placing transgender women in women’s prisons.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 28th October 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK ‘unique in its light-touch approach’ to gender pay gap – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2020 in employment, equality, gender, government departments, news, remuneration, women by sally

‘The UK is “unique in its light-touch approach” in not requiring private employers to produce a plan to tackle gender pay gaps, a report has found.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 14th October 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Non-binary/gender fluid claimants – Law Society’s Gazette

‘On 14 September 2020, the employment tribunal ruled that the gender reassignment protections afforded by section 7 of the Equality Act 2010 should be read to include those who identify as non-binary and/or gender fluid.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 12th October 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk