The Legal Sector Is Yet to Deal With the Requirements of the Equality Act 2010

Gibson, Chris (2021) The Legal Sector Is Yet to Deal With the Requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Sunderland Student Law Journal, 2. pp. 20-43. ISSN 2634 -193X

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Abstract

This article will illustrate the extent to which the Equality Act 2010 has been adopted throughout the legal sector. This specifically relates to discrimination against the protected characteristic of sex under s.4 amongst solicitors, barristers, and the judiciary. It will further consider how sex is regarded as one of the most prevalent types of discrimination which lingers throughout the legal sector. Data will be analysed from reports prepared by the various regulatory bodies, in addition to the academic opinion surrounding this area of law. The data will be reflected in self-created bar charts and tables. Case law will also be used throughout to support points made. The article will demonstrate that whilst women have broken through the glass ceiling and emerged into the highest ranks of the judiciary, women are still discriminated against as solicitors and barristers. Furthermore, the apparent preference towards applicants from specific academic institutions will be indicated. Nevertheless, emphasis will be placed on the shift in attitudes towards women, and indeed the increase in female representation across the legal sector.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Law
Depositing User: Leah Maughan
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2021 16:55
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2021 17:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13427

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