Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Female offenders should be sent to support centres not prison, says report – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2018 in detention, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘Female offenders should be sent to support centres rather than prison because they are normally far less dangerous than their male counterparts, a report has suggested.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Daughters in legal bid for House of Lords seat rights – BBC News

‘Five daughters of hereditary peers are to challenge a law that stops them from being elected to the House of Lords. They are taking the government to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to end the system of male primogeniture which has resulted in almost all titles being passed to male heirs.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2018

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Misogyny hate crime in Nottinghamshire gives ‘shocking’ results – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2018 in hate crime, news, women by sally

‘Misogyny and offences targeting women are still “highly prevalent” two years after a police force started treating them as hate crime, academics say.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2018

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Council concedes in strip club policy legal challenge over equality duty failure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2018 in equality, licensing, local government, news, women by sally

‘Sheffield City Council last week (29 June) conceded in court that it had failed to properly discharge the public sector equality duty, after a campaigner challenged the lawfulness of the authority’s decision to adopt a policy of licensing unlimited strip clubs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Supreme Court and Court of Appeal replenish ranks with string of new appointments – Litigation Futures

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Ten senior judicial appointments were announced yesterday, with Lady Justice Arden becoming the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2018

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Justice secretary’s plan for female prisoners ‘underfunded by £15m’ – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2018 in criminal justice, news, prisons, women by sally

‘The government’s advisers on dealing with female offenders have written a joint letter to the justice secretary branding a new strategy for women in prison a missed opportunity that is underfunded by at least £15m.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Secretary of State launches dedicated strategy to ‘break the cycle’ of female offending – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2018 in imprisonment, press releases, prisons, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘The female offender strategy sets out a commitment to divert the most vulnerable women in the criminal justice system away from custody through the provision of tailored support.’

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Ministry of Justice, 27th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Profession keeps on growing as women form the majority – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2018 in news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘Ninety-five years after the profession admitted Carrie Morrison, women have overtaken men as a majority of practising solicitors. That is the stand-out finding of the Law Society Annual Statistics Report, which continues to track a trend of long-term and bullish growth.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th June 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Members of all-female terror cell jailed over London knife plot – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in conspiracy, guilty pleas, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, terrorism, women by sally

‘Members of Britain’s first all-female terror cell, including a mother and daughter, have been jailed for planning a knife attack on members of the public outside the Palace of Westminster in London.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

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Just four of 100 highest-earning criminal defence barristers are women – Legal Futures

Posted May 21st, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, news, remuneration, women by sally

‘Women barely feature among the top 100 criminal defence barristers when judged by earnings, new figures have shown, and the Bar has been warned that the government could use EU rules on equality in procurement to force change.’

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Legal Futures, 21st May 2018

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BSB agrees actions to tackle unfair treatment of women at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 18th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, press releases, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced how it intends to work with the profession to make further progress in eliminating the discrimination, harassment and other unfair treatment of female barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Hundreds of Companies Facing Legal Action Over Gender Pay Gap Data – Rights Info

Posted May 11th, 2018 in equal pay, equality, news, time limits, women by sally

‘Hundreds of British companies will face legal action after failing to comply with a new requirement to report the pay gap between male and female staff, Britain’s equality watchdog has revealed.’

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Rights Info, 10th May 2018

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Gender pay: Hundreds of firms face action over non-disclosure – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in equal pay, equality, news, time limits, women by sally

‘Hundreds of companies face legal action after failing to meet an extended deadline to report their gender pay gap, Britain’s equality watchdog said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoJ postpones plans to reduce female prison population – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in criminal justice, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘A multimillion pound government strategy to reduce the number of women being jailed for non-violent offences has been postponed, the Guardian can disclose. Plans to set up community prisons for women and to launch a scheme that would provide support for female offenders were supposed to be announced this month. The Ministry of Justice has delayed finalisation of the strategy, which is now going to be rewritten.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Nearly 100 women die in prison over 11-year period due to ‘glaring failures’ by government, says report – The Independent

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in death in custody, news, prisons, women by tracey

‘The government has been accused of a “glaring failure” to act on deaths of women in custody as figures show almost 100 female inmates have died in just over a decade. More than 10 years on from the Corston Report, which outlined the need for a more holistic and integrated approach to vulnerable women in the criminal justice system, there has been “little systemic change” as women “continue to die” in custody, according to a report by charity Inquest.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Undercover relationship woman wants officer prosecution – BBC News

‘An environmental campaigner who says she was tricked into a sexual relationship with an undercover police officer is mounting a legal challenge to have him prosecuted. The woman, known as Monica, will ask judges to overturn prosecutors’ decision not to charge the Metropolitan Police’s Jim Boyling.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2018

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Controlling girlfriend ‘first woman convicted’ of new domestic abuse offence – Daily Telegraph

‘A university graduate is believed to be the first woman convicted under new domestic abuse laws after scalding her boyfriend with boiling water, stabbing him and keeping food from him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 28: No More Full Disclosure for Women Forced into Sex Work – 1 COR

‘Jo Moore tells Rosalind English about a recent ruling which means that women who were forced into the sex trade at a younger age don’t need to disclose their convictions when applying for jobs which require DBS checks.’

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Law Pod UK, 26th March 2018

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Take the blame out of divorce to help those trapped in ‘loveless’ marriages, says top family judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in appeals, divorce, judges, news, speeches, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘No-fault divorce should be introduced to help women who are “trapped in a loveless marriage”, Britain’s top family judge has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk