In May 1922 Ivy Williams was the first woman called to the Bar and six months later she was followed by Helena Normanton, the first woman to practise at the Bar. Nowadays the Bar Council has an Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee and its remit is to address all matters concerning equality, diversity and inclusion at the Bar. The Bar Council’s Diversity and Inclusion staff team work closely with the committee of barristers who provide their expertise both in the interests of the profession and the public. There are also thriving women’s networks that exist on circuit and within different practice areas.

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