‘A frat-like mentality’: is the legal workplace improving for women? – The Guardian

‘Amid outcries over casual sexism and sexual harassment in the legal profession, junior lawyers share their experiences.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2019

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“No ethical leadership”: Law Society blasted over NDA guidance – Legal Futures

‘Law Society guidance on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) demonstrates an absence of “ethical leadership” and shows why the profession cannot be allowed to sort such issues on its own, a leading academic has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2019

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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

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IWD: Law Society sets out blueprint for gender equality – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2019 in equality, law firms, Law Society, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The Law Society has published 39 recommendations to help legal businesses deliver equality for women in the law, amid continuing reports of discrimination and harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2019

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Firms face ban on use of gagging clauses to silence whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘The government has announced proposals to prevent employers from using gagging clauses to stop people reporting criminal behaviour, harassment or discrimination to police.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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“Testosterone overdose” deterring women from profession – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in barristers, diversity, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Support for diversity initiatives has to come from the upper levels of the barristers’ profession, with a top QC warning of a “teststerone overdose” in the wake of a young female advocate accusing some men of “behaving as though they are on a stag do” when working with women.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2019

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Is it OK to call my MP a Nazi? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Colleague Joel Bennathan QC notes the increase in reports of abuse of those in public life, notably the recent “Nazi” slurs levelled against Anna Soubry MP in the street. But is that kind of behaviour a crime, and were the police at fault for not intervening at the time?’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th January 2019

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Burnett calls for action on social diversity at top of profession – Legal Futures

‘Addressing the “lack of social diversity at the top of the legal profession” is an important part of improving judicial diversity, the Lord Chief Justice declared yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2019

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Male lawyers must confront others who sexually harass – QC – The Guardian

‘Men in the legal profession need to “call out” other men if they witness sexual harassment, according to the barrister Helena Kennedy QC, who has urged such behaviour to be made the subject of disciplinary action.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2019

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Landmarks in law: when female lawyers were declared ‘people’ – The Guardian

‘Gwyneth Bebb was born in Oxford in 1889. She was the sixth woman to study law at Oxford University, reading jurisprudence at St Hugh’s College. She completed her studies in 1911 with first class marks, yet she didn’t formally graduate because women at the time couldn’t be awarded degrees.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2019

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The legal profession is rife with prejudice – I’ve seen it firsthand – The Guardian

‘An overhaul tackling sexism, racism and class discrimination would address the profession’s failure to reflect the society it represents.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2019

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Blog: Divorce and the Muslim community – Family Law

‘Solicitor advocate and law writer David Burrows writes that to define a valid marriage in English law is by no means obvious.’

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Family Law, 7th February 2019

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Susan Atkins: ‘We must take the threat to women in public life seriously’ – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘On the republication of 1984’s Woman and the Law, the co-author says the legal system remains ‘male-centric’.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2018

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Detective sues own force claiming they ignored his domestic abuse allegations because he is a man – Daily Telegraph

‘A detective is suing his own police force claiming that it ignored allegations that he was a victim of domestic abuse because he is a man.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2018

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Is it legal for your boss to make you wear a bra to work? – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2018 in employment, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘What are women’s rights in this area? Can you really get sacked for not wearing a bra? According to Hayley Johnson, a senior associate in employment law for Slater and Gordon: “If someone was dismissed for not wearing a bra at work, that could be discriminatory under current law,” she says.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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‘Shifting sands’: six legal views on the transgender debate – The Guardian

‘Lawyers examine the consequences to the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2018

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UK doctors accused of helping couples choose the sex of their babies – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, doctors, gender, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘The UK’s fertility regulator has launched an investigation into claims that at least four British doctors are helping couples to choose the sex of their babies.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2018

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Bar Council targets chambers’ “ineffective” harassment policies – Legal Futures

Posted October 8th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The Bar Council is to publish new guidance for barristers and chambers on dealing with sexual harassment, amid claims that many chambers’ existing policies are “wholly ineffective”.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2018

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The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in crime, gender, news, sentencing, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Workplace gender discrimination remains rife, survey finds – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, gender, harassment, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘Gender discrimination in the workplace remains rife, with many young women experiencing sexual harassment, job insecurity and low pay compared with male peers, a survey has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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