Women barristers continue to face challenges

by Steve Randall08 Mar 2016
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.
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