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:
Professor Jo Delahunty QC’s previous lectures at Gresham College can be accessed here.
Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.