Lady Justice Nicola Davies gave a speech at Gray’s Inn to mark the launch of the Inns of Court Alliance for Women.

She said in her speech: “This is an alliance between the four Inns of Court to encourage and support women in the profession. The word ‘Alliance’ has been chosen to signify the institutional alliance between the Inns of Court and to demonstrate an alliance of purpose.”

She added: “It is a dispiriting reflection upon gender equality within the profession in 2022 that such an alliance is not only desirable and helpful, it is unfortunately necessary given the status quo. Gender equality, which includes equality of opportunity and treatment within the profession, has a considerable way to go. Challenges and barriers to entry and thereafter progression and retention of women at the Bar require addressing, as do issues of harassment and bullying.”

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