Law Society report reveals partner promotions still fail to reflect rising tide of female lawyers – Legal Week

Posted April 14th, 2011 in news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

“The latest annual statistical report from The Law Society has confirmed the extent to which law firms have so far failed to react to the increase in women in the profession, with the number of female solicitors nearly doubling over the last 10 years.”

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Legal Week, 14th April 2011

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Employment law changes could ‘disproportionately affect women’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 30th, 2011 in employment, news, small businesses, women by sally

“Changes to employment laws announced in last week’s budget are encouraging for small employers but could disproportionately affect women, solicitors have warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th March 2011

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We need a more diverse supreme court – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2011 in diversity, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

“Just two weeks after it was reported that women in the legal professions are still finding it difficult to break through the glass ceiling, here comes another setback. Though an official announcement has yet to be made, it seems that the next two appointments to the supreme court will be men.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

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Women lawyers believe they are paid less than male peers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2011 in equal pay, legal profession, news, women by sally

“Most women lawyers believe their male colleagues earn more than they do, research has suggested.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

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My legal hero: Dr Ivy Williams – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2011 in barristers, legal history, news, women by sally

“Dr Ivy Williams was a true pioneer – the first woman to be called to the bar and the first to teach law at an English university.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

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Fawcett Society loses court challenge to legality of budget – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2010 in budgets, equality, news, women by sally

“The Fawcett Society has been refused permission to challenge the legality of the government’s emergency budget.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

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High court judge to rule if coalition’s budget is biased against women – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2010 in budgets, equality, news, women by sally

“A high court challenge aimed at overturning the government’s emergency, summer budget is due to be heard today.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

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Sentence review to slash numbers of women in jail – The Independent

Posted November 29th, 2010 in imprisonment, news, self-harm, sentencing, women by sally

“Ministers plan to slash the number of women sent to prison amid complaints that women behind bars are exposed to increased risks of mental illness, self-harm and even suicide.”

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The Independent, 28th November 2010

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How feminism could improve judicial decision-making – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2010 in judiciary, news, women by sally

“Can judges be feminists? Should judges be feminists? On one view the answer is easy: no. We don’t want our judges to be activists. We don’t want them to promote their own political agendas. We want them to do their job. We want them to apply the law.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

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Related link: Feminist Judgments Project

The Fawcett Society takes the cuts to court – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2010 in budgets, equality, judicial review, news, women by sally

“When feminist campaigners saw a palpable threat to women in the coalition government’s spending plans, with the help of Yvette Cooper’s calculations they launched the first ever legal challenge to the budget.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2010

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The case for diversity: legal profession’s white, male legacy persists – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2010 in equality, legal profession, minorities, news, women by sally

“This week saw the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report entitled How Fair is Britain. Today (13 October), at a high-level conference at Westminster University, original research examining structural inequalities in the legal services sector [pdf] will be unveiled.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2010

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Legal profession ‘inherently masculine’, says report for LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 11th, 2010 in equality, minorities, news, solicitors, women by sally

“Stereotyping and bias are preventing women and black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors from furthering their careers, a report funded by the Legal Services Board has found.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

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Judges told: ‘be more lenient to women criminals’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 13th, 2010 in news, sentencing, sex discrimination, women by sally

“Female criminals are more likely to have mental health or educational difficulties and to have parenting responsibilities, while a lower proportion will have committed violent crimes than men, according to new guidelines. Judges ought to ‘bear these matters in mind’ when passing sentence, according to the Equal Treatment Bench Book, published by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2010

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‘Youngest’ female double murderer jailed – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2010 in murder, news, sentencing, women, young offenders by sally

“The girl thought to be Britain’s youngest female double murderer has been jailed for a minimum of 14 years. Lorraine Thorpe, now 16, of Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, was found guilty in August of murdering her father Desmond Thorpe and a woman called Rosalyn Hunt.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

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An MP’s posturing talk of a burqa ban – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2010 in Islam, news, religious discrimination, women by sally

“Philip Hollobone, the Tory MP for Kettering, has told the media that he won’t meet with constituents who wear a burqa or niqab. Last week Liberty wrote to him pointing out that, as the burqa and niqab are a form of dress exclusively associated with Muslim women, this will amount to direct religious discrimination. By treating Muslim women less favourably than he would treat people of other religions he is disregarding the Equality Act 2006.”

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The Guardian, 26th July 2010

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Minister says Burka ban would be ‘un-British’ – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2010 in Islam, news, race discrimination, women by sally

“Banning the wearing of burkas in public would be ‘rather un-British’, the Immigration Minister said today as he attacked efforts to make it illegal in this country.”

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The Independent, 18th July 2010

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Protests as anonymity plan for rape defendants is confirmed – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2010 in anonymity, news, rape, women by sally

“The government provoked protests from both sides of the Commons today after a minister confirmed plans to grant rape defendants pre-charge anonymity.”

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The Guardian, 8th July 2010

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What isn’t wrong with Sharia law? – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2010 in arbitration, children, islamic law, news, tribunals, women by sally

“To safeguard our rights there must be one law for all and no religious courts.”

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The Guardian, 5th July 2010

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Tory MP proposes law to ban wearing burkas – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2010 in Islam, news, race discrimination, women by sally

“A Conservative politician is seeking to make it a criminal offence to wear a burka in public. Philip Hollobone, the MP for Kettering, was the subject of a complaint to police from the Northamptonshire Race Equality Council five months ago because of remarks he made about burkas.”

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The Independent, 1st July 2010

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Annual board elections in new code for top companies – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2010 in company directors, company law, news, women by sally

“Plans for directors to submit to an annual shareholder vote form part of an overhaul of the code of conduct for the UK’s top 350 listed companies.”

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BBC News, 27th May 2010

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