Denial of women’s concerns contributed to decades of medical scandals, says inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2020 in equality, inquiries, medical treatment, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘An arrogant culture in which serious medical complications were dismissed as “women’s problems” contributed to a string of healthcare scandals over several decades, an inquiry ordered by the government has found.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2020

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Top female lawyers’ careers squeezed by bias and harassment – Legal Futures

‘The role of discrimination on the part of both general counsel and clients in disadvantaging female lawyers was revealed yesterday by a survey on improving diversity at partner level in law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2020

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Domestic abuse charities predict call spike post-lockdown – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, domestic violence, freedom of movement, news, women by sally

‘Charities supporting victims of domestic abuse have said they expect an increase in people seeking safety as lockdown eases.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2020

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BSB defends online exams after students raise discrimination concerns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board has defended its decision to move exams online, saying “there was simply not enough time” to consult widely about the change. Students have claimed the computer-based assessments will discriminate against women, carers and disabled candidates.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th June 2020

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You wear it well – at last, court attire for women – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2020 in barristers, court dress, news, women by sally

‘Female barristers can now buy court attire actually designed for them after a London junior launched an online shop named after the first two women called to the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2020

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Where are my black sisters? The intersection of religion, race and gender in the AAP legal community – Garden Court North Chambers

‘I am a hijabi (head-scarf wearing Muslim) Palestinian-British lawyer who has worked in the progressive Inquests/Actions Against the Police (AAP) field for the past 7 years. I started out as a paralegal, became a solicitor and am now a pupil barrister. I have met, or know of, many of the lawyers whose talent and (often unpaid) hard work props up this niche but vital corner of the legal system. Working as an AAP lawyer is beyond rewarding and the people you get to meet, clients and colleagues, are inspiring. As a hijabi AAP lawyer, this area can also be isolating and unwelcoming at times.’

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Garden Court North Chambers, 15th June 2020

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‘Unrealistic’ appeals system fails prisoners who have been victims of abuse – report – The Guardian

‘One month window to challenge convictions in England and Wales means women who have experienced trauma are unfairly criminalised, campaigners say.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2020

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Domestic Abuse Bill: Misogyny should be treated as a hate crime, say MPs – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2020 in bills, domestic violence, families, hate crime, news, police, women by sally

‘A group of women MPs and charities are urging the government to treat misogyny as a hate crime within the government’s new domestic abuse laws.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2020

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Bar students urge online exams rethink – Legal Futures

‘Bar professional training course (BPTC) students have told the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that its plans for online examinations risk discriminating against women, carers and the disabled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd June 2020

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Equal Pay Act: Why Are Women And Minorities Still Paid Unfairly 50 Years On? – Each Other

‘“Whether it’s being denied flexible working and having to work fewer hours as a result, or finding out you’re paid £3,000 less than a white man with the same job title and fewer responsibilities; it’s always crushing being treated worse than your peers.”

Those are the words of Sophia Moreau, who has experienced unequal pay repeatedly throughout her late teens and early 20s. The journalist and campaigner said that she has come to a “sad realisation” that, as a black woman, she cannot expect fair treatment.’

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Each Other, 29th May 2020

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29,000 claims a year despite 50 years since Equal Pay Act – The Guardian

‘A consistently high number of workers are alleging that their employers are illegally paying them less than colleagues in similar roles, according to research released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2020

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Female barristers warn of “disproportionate attrition” during Covid-19 – Legal Futures

‘Female barristers have urged the courts and chambers to take action to avoid the coronavirus crisis leading to “further and disproportionate attrition of women from the Bar”.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2020

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Covid-19 “exacerbating” inequality in profession – Legal Futures

‘Women lawyers are worried that the coronavirus crisis is exacerbating inequalities in the profession, with the pandemic hitting them hard, a survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2020

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Specialist support centre for female offenders to open in Wales – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2020 in imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, Wales, women by sally

‘A specialist centre providing accommodation and support to female offenders is to open in Wales as part of the government’s strategy to send fewer women to prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2020

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Women launch legal action to stop military courts trying UK rape cases – The Guardian

‘Three women serving in the armed forces have begun legal action aimed at preventing the military courts from trying UK rape cases, complaining that the conviction rate is five to six times lower than in civilian courts.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2020

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One in seven female solicitors suffer bullying or discrimination – Legal Futures

‘One in seven female solicitors have experienced bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace over the past year, Law Society research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2020

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Four men jailed in first year since upskirting law was introduced – The Guardian

‘Four men have been jailed in the year since the upskirting law was introduced in England and Wales, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2020

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Relaxation of UK abortion rules welcomed by experts – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2020 in abortion, coronavirus, government departments, news, women by sally

‘Leading UK healthcare providers have welcomed the government’s decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home without travelling to a clinic.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2020

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McNeil v HMRC- Old Square Chambers

‘This case concerned an equal pay claim brought by several women employed by HMRC. The pay system implemented by HMRC in respect of the claimants was one which employees moved through the pay band for their grade, from a fixed minimum up to a fixed maximum, by different amounts each year, without any fixed increments but with the amount of any increase depending on the pay award for the particular year. As a result of the way this system operated, one factor relevant to where an employee was within the band, was length of service: the longer an employee had been employed in the band, the more opportunities s/he would have had to move up towards the maximum.’

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Old Square Chambers, 12th March 2020

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Asda v Brierley – Old Square Chambers

Posted March 19th, 2020 in equal pay, equality, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Can a group of predominantly female retail store employees compare themselves to a group of predominantly male distribution depot employees for the purposes of an equal pay claim? The Supreme Court will have the final say on this question this year, in the highly anticipated appeal in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and other.’

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Old Square Chambers, 12th March 2020

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