Councils to have statutory duty to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils are to be legally required for the first time to deliver support in secure accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2019

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PM vows to end postcode lottery for domestic abuse victims

‘The prime minister has vowed to end the postcode lottery for those escaping domestic abuse.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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Written pupillage agreements to reduce “inappropriate behaviour” – Legal Futures

‘Making written pupillage agreements compulsory could reduce the risk of pupil barristers being subjected to “inappropriate behaviour”, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.
It signalled the move in an informal consultation that also proposes to make it compulsory for chambers and other training providers to bring their pupillage recruitment timetables into line with the Pupillage Gateway.’

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Legal Futures, 9th May 2019

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Caster Semenya testosterone verdict ignites debate about fairness, women’s sport and human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in equality, gender, human rights, medicines, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Caster Semenya’s enforced use of testosterone-limiting drugs is a potential human rights breach, legal experts claimed on Wednesday as they drew comparisons with the innate physical advantages of other world-dominating athletes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2019

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Dignity of women in custody ensured by planned law change – Home Office

Posted April 25th, 2019 in detention, police, press releases, women by tracey

‘Police will have to ask female detainees whether they are likely to require sanitary products, which they will be given free, under Home Office plans.’

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Home Office, 24th April 2019

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Upskirting now a crime after woman’s campaign – BBC News

‘Upskirting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales after a campaign by a woman targeted at a music festival.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2019

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Instances of judges bullying female barristers exaggerated, says LCJ – Legal Futures

‘The problem of male judges bullying female barristers in court has been exaggerated, the Lord Chief Justice suggested yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 4th 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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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

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‘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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Brain injuries in women prisoners are linked to mental illness and reoffending – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, prisons, recidivists, women by tracey

‘People with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to be violent, more likely to go to prison at a younger age (and have multiple convictions) and more likely to disobey prison rules. They are also more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, more likely to have mental health problems and more likely to attempt suicide. Surprisingly, given the vast range of negative outcomes for this type of trauma, there have been few studies on brain injury among female prisoners.’

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The Independent, 26th February 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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Linklaters’ “women in the workplace” dispute settled – Legal Futures

‘The legal dispute between City giant Linklaters and its former global business development director over his intention to discuss its “ongoing struggle… with women in the workplace” has ended.’

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Legal Futures, 19th 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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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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Mother is no longer gender-specific term, government lawyers say – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 15th, 2019 in children, families, gender, news, pregnancy, transgender persons, women by sally

‘Mother is no longer a gender-specific term that applies only to women, lawyers on behalf of the Government have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2019

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