Gender equality in the legal profession

Client: Queen’s Counsel Appointments

In October 2016, the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss MP, lamented the lack of women in senior position in the legal profession and judiciary.

The Work Foundation are supporting initiatives in this area by working with Queen’s Counsel Appointments to conduct a study to understand the reasons why a lower proportion of women than men apply for appointment to Queen’s Counsel. By interviewing members of the Bar at different stages of their careers, we will seek to identify the drivers of and barriers to making an application. Beyond the primary research, we are engaging with stakeholders across the legal profession to co-create recommendations for action that will be practical and can deliver effective change.

Read the final report here.