Women barristers continue to face challenges

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Women barristers continue to face challenges
The Bar Council in England has published a guide for chambers in a bid to stamp out “residual sexual harassment” in the profession. The guide forms part of the Council’s research into unacceptable behaviour experienced by some barristers. Focusing on self-employed barristers, the Council found that at the training stage, women of all ages were positive about their experience and, although there were some incidents of inappropriate behaviour, many challenges faced by trainees were not gender-specific.
In junior practice though, the bar Council found that a “significant” number of women felt pushed into areas such as family and sex crime, which resulted in a high rate of stress among juniors. The report also found that balancing a career at the Bar with bringing up children was problematic and some respondents said it was difficult to see how that balance could be achieved.
On applying for Silk, some respondents felt that men in chambers were given greater support than women.
 
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  • SAM on 16/03/2016 12:05:56 PM

    I think that it is challenging as a junior barrister whatever sex but there is no excuse for the sexual harassment and yes family life and children is particularly challenging at the bar if you are female or even male who is a caring parent. The bar is hard work and there is no doubt that any discrimination whether based on sex, race or circumstance makes it harder.

  • John on 9/03/2016 11:25:51 AM

    Re Barristers. Again, where are the facts to establish the vague and rambling assertions. I am interested.

  • K on 8/03/2016 3:54:37 PM

    Really? You felt "pushed" into family and sex crime? If you're a junior please understand that you'll take what's available and you can't afford to be choosy. This is not an easy job and it's not always pleasant. You can't start at the top of the tree and this reality has nothing to do with sexism.

    This article should be titled, "Young lawyers find out that being a young lawyer is sometimes unpleasant."

  • Simon Munslow on 8/03/2016 10:54:00 AM

    'Felt pushed into family and sex crime'? They are a junior in Chambers, and, if they cannot generate their own work, they feed on scraps that nobody else wants.
    An available brief in these areas is often available because senior members do not want it. This is not sexism, it is simply that as people get established at the Bar, they get to be 'choosy'.
    My simple answer is, do they want to eat or not?. I get so sick of Gen X and Y being unwilling wanting to start at the top.
    And as a Family Lawyer, I view their attitude as darn right insulting.

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