How do we want to shape the Bar for the next 100 years?

Since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which first allowed women to practise as lawyers, progress on gender equality has been made, but there is still a way to go.

As we celebrated the First 100 Years across the profession, we looked forward and took account of the specific obstacles faced by women practising at the Bar - particularly the self-employed Bar, and at the senior levels of the profession. Evidence shows that while there is an almost equal split of male and female pupils studying to be barristers, the issue is with retention of women around 10-14 years' Call, and progression, which is reflected by the fact that as of December 2018, only 15.8 per cent of QCs are women. 

As we celebrate success stories and positive initiatives shaping the profession, the Bar Council is also working on a wide programme of work to accelerate progress towards an equal future at the Bar. Please visit this page for regular updates and insight into how we are raising the profile of solutions and programmes that are being put into place at the moment.