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Solicitor Advocates for Change

Solicitor Advocates for Change

By Carolyn Ford

Discrimination Women's Rights 

Solicitors are to be invited to join Justice Chris Maxwell's gender equity campaign. The President of the Court of Appeal will write to individual solicitors and firms inviting them to join Advocates for Change to help achieve equity, including pay equity, in the legal profession. Justice Maxwell lit on the idea of starting Advocates for Change for barristers after becoming a Champion of Change in 2015. In that role, he has publicly encouraged equality within the profession and criticised sex discrimination. Justice Maxwell has convened two groups of male barristers - one comprising senior counsel, the other junior counsel. The groups started meeting a year ago to discuss ways in which they could support and advocate for women at the Bar. Both groups have heard from women barristers on their experiences of discrimination. Now he would like to see men and women from the solicitor arm of the profession join the discussion, with a group starting in October.

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