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BarTalk Special Edition - Women at the Bar - The Next 100 Years

Bar Council

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This 100th edition of BarTalk marks an important 100 years. Kicking off the centenary year of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which first allowed women to practise as lawyers, we are devoting all of this edition’s content to our drive to celebrate and shape ‘the next 100 years’ for women at the Bar. You can read the full issue here.

When it comes to gender equality, the Bar has made progress, but faces challenges which must be recognised. In this special edition of BarTalk, our contributors begin a huge conversation, looking at the achievements already made by women in the profession since the Act was passed, and the support available for them, with an eye to a positive and balanced future.Read all articles featured in this issue here.


Chair & Vice Chair of the Bar: “2019 provides an opportunity to focus on the next 100 years”

In their first blog as new leaders of the Bar, Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC and Vice Chair Amanda Pinto QC jointly launch this edition and explain why the centenary – and gender equality – matters to the whole Bar. Read the Chair and Vice Chair's columns here.


Celebrating the First 100 Years

The First 100 Years is a ground-breaking history project, supported by the Bar Council, CILEx and the Law Society, charting the journey of women in law since 1919. The project is powered by Spark21, a charity founded to celebrate, inform and inspire future generation of women in the profession. Read more here.


Three levers to pull in 2019

Sam Mercer, the Bar Council’s Head of Equality & Diversity and CSR, sets out three initiatives the Bar Council will be focusing on in 2019 to support the profession in becoming a more diverse Bar in the future.  Read more here.


A global mission: Championing women in the fight for human rights

Dominic Boothroyd of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) gives a round-up of BHRC’s recent breakout session with Baroness Helena Kennedy at the Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference 2018, which covered a range of women’s rights issues including #MeToo and the approach of courts to women. Read more.

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