We have looked at female progression at the Bar, in law firms, the Big Four, medicine and academia and produced a significant and detailed 40 page report, with assistance from the relevant regulatory and other bodies.
The Parliamentary Women's and Equalities Committee have asked for further submissions on its investigation into sexual harassment claims. Farore Law has asked the Committee to widen its remit to look at access to justice generally.
Dame Laura Cox QC produced her reports into bullying and harassment in the House of Commons. Suzanne McKie QC assisted the Inquiry by making legal submissions relating to the law relating to harassment, discrimination and vicarious liability, through the Centre For Womens' Justice.
See the Report of the Parliamentary Committee, to which Suzanne McKie QC gave evidence.
Howard Godfrey QC found guilty of professional misconduct for the manner in which he portrayed a 16 year old victim of sexual assault. His regulatory Tribunal found him guilty of acting in such a way that the confidence of the public in the profession would be diminished. He appealed to the High Court which today (8th June) upheld the guilty finding.
Farore Law is looking into the creation of a Portal on its website to allow victims of sex discrimination, mental health discrimination, abuse, and harassment to provide a totally confidential summary of what ill-treatment they have received and the reasons they believe it happened.
The High Court case involving Cliff Richard suing the BBC for breach of privacy and press intrusion This case is of huge significance not least because of the failure to get the necessary votes yesterday in Parliament in relation to Part 2 of the Levenson Inquiry.
It also has impact in relation to the issue of anonymity. Suzanne McKie's comment on this appears at the end of the Sky News article.
Do NDAs have any proper place in compromise agreements? Measures to preventing any use of NDA's to limit the right of claimants to report harassment to the Police.....
On 17 and 18 January at the High Court in London an important hearing is taking place to challenge the law that certain offences (despite being spent) effectively stay on a person's record. It concerns the "sexual offences" prostitutes were said to have committed and for which they were prosecuted and cautioned, even though the women concerned were in fact victims of abuse and coercion themselves.
Attached is an article from The Independent (Nov) but also covered in a Guardian article today.
Of note is the low charging and conviction rates. Also relevant is the comment from the TFL spokesperson who said convictions (and therefore charging) are more likely where the taxi is booked via an App/internet, as this will of course track the driver against the passenger. It's about time that black cabs created a similar tracking system based on the black cab driver being obligated to take a code from the passenger that the passenger then inputs into an App that keeps their details.
This Petition is to save funding for women's refuges. It is so important. The Government is proposing cuts to a service that is already seriously underfunded. Please let's get to 100,000. Click on the link: