Women lawyers: equals at the Bar?

Women lawyers: equals at the Bar?

In a lecture at Gresham College on 5th October 2017, Professor Jo Delahunty QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, addressed the issue of equality at the Bar, asking: do female lawyers need to be Superwomen to survive? Is motherhood welcomed, tolerated or rejected at the Bar? What makes for a successful advocate? Is gender relevant? What about career progression? Are women fairly represented on the Bench and in its most senior courts? Is there practice or appointment discrimination and if so what is being done about it?

Also addressing wider issues she said:

'Gender, race, class and education all play a part in career opportunities and career progression. I can only speak from my perspective, it would be arrogant and insensitive to speak of the barriers to advancement on the grounds of race or disability when I am an outsider on those issues. This lecture shines the spotlight on gender issues at the Bar and draws on my experience in family law.'

The transcript of the speech can be accessed here:

Women Lawyers Equals at the Bar

Professor Jo Delahunty QC's previous lectures at Gresham College can be accessed here.

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.

Twitter: @GeraldineMorris

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Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).