Transgender Equality at Work, by Helen Burgess and Michael Briggs

February 5, 2016

Our first guest contribution for LGBT History Month 2016, Helen Burgess and Michael Briggs, employment law specialists at Shoosmiths, examine the most recent developments in transgender rights in the workplace and offer advice for employers on fostering an inclusive environment. For the majority of people, their innate sense of being male or female (their gender […]

Chambers Diversity: A 2015 Review & Thoughts for 2016

January 29, 2016
Chambers Diversity

Chambers Diversity takes a look back at 2015, a time of growth and expansion for the programme, with new partnerships flourishing in new locations. There remains, however, an awful lot of work to do. It is clear that diversity in the legal profession is becoming an increasingly hot topic with increased coverage in the media. […]

The March of Saudi Female Lawyers, by Nadia Al-Anani

January 19, 2016
Nadia Al-Anani

Around three years has passed since Saudi women were allowed to become certified lawyers for the first time. I had previously been lecturing at Law Departments in Saudi Universities and my bright, young, female students used to ask me, with their eyes open wide: “When do you think we can be practitioners and defend our […]

Closing the Gender Gap – Experiences from South Brazil, by Raquel Stein and Ana Paula Yurgel

January 8, 2016
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Diversity is a word that is still not making headlines, nor being considered a top priority for many Brazilian corporations, especially in the legal market. Brazil’s continental dimensions mean that speaking of it as a whole is almost impossible, as each region has its particularities. From our experience as private counsel in South Brazil, it […]

Thoughts for 2016: Fernando Peláez-Pier

January 7, 2016
Fernando Pelaez

Chambers Diversity is an initiative of paramount importance for Latin America. Since its beginning, it has been a supporting drive for the development and positioning of women in the profession. The seminars, round tables and other programmes have not only raised awareness among women in the profession, but they have also served for women to […]

Thoughts for 2016: Charlotte Proudman

January 4, 2016
Charlotte Proudman

2015 has been a year of high profile media debate about diversity at the Bar. We know that gender discrimination is rife. What could be a better example than Lord Sumption’s sexist comments that gender equality would have appalling consequences for justice. Some men believe that men have a superior intellect to women. Next year […]