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Global lawyers survey finds “alarming level of bullying” amid failure of diversity policies

Lawyers have experienced a worrying level of bullying and intimidation, according to a massive international study, while diversity policies have failed to help women achieve equality in legal practice. It also found significant discrimination existed against women in the well-paid commercial law field, slowing their advancement.

January 2nd, 2018 | No Comments »

CILEx urges end to discrimination against non-university qualified lawyers

The body representing chartered legal executives has called on the profession to end discrimination against lawyers who have qualified through non-university routes and open up the senior judiciary to those entered the law by alternative means.

August 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

Almost half of female barristers have experienced discrimination, major report finds

Almost half of female barristers have experienced discrimination at work and 40% have experienced harassment, a major report by the Bar Standards Board has found. Dr Vanessa Davies, director general of the BSB, described the findings as “very disappointing”.

July 12th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

More lawyers demand independent review of their treatment by SRA

The number of lawyers demanding an independent review of their treatment at the hands of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has gone up, despite a decline in members of the public making a similar request.

March 10th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Barrister to appeal against BSB discrimination ruling

A barrister who claims she is the victim of racial discrimination by the Bar Standards Board has said she will appeal against last week’s High Court ruling that she has an arguable case but that it was brought out of time.

December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Do clients actually need face-to-face advice? Legal aid research suggests they often don’t

Users of the civil legal aid telephone gateway who sought face-to-face advice “often did so out of preference as opposed to need”, a review has suggested.

December 15th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

BSB launches probe after report identifies possible race bias in disciplinary work

The Bar Standards Board has become the latest regulator facing questions over race discrimination in its disciplinary system after an internal report appeared to show the existence of racial bias.

February 21st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

High Court throws out racial discrimination challenge to SDT ruling

The High Court has thrown out a solicitor’s challenge to the decision to suspend him, which he argued was tainted by racial discrimination. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said that “no scintilla of discrimination of any kind is detectible”.

October 17th, 2012 | No Comments »

One in six solicitors have experienced bullying, Law Society research finds

Around a sixth of practising solicitors – and a quarter of those working in-house – say they have been bullied in the workplace, according to a survey on wellbeing in the profession. Almost one in five of solicitors suffer from severe stress or worse, the figures also suggest.

October 15th, 2012 | No Comments »

SRA calls in race relations expert to review its decisions

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has brought in an equality and race relations expert to look at whether there is any racial bias in the decisions it makes after research showed that BME solicitors continue to be disproportionately represented in its regulatory decisions.

August 7th, 2012 | No Comments »