Sets impose diversity training regime on clerks

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  • A very interesting article, and praiseworthy comment from Ms Illing. Although some here seem to focus on whether or not the training will actually change attitudes, surely an equally important point is that in providing the training, the sets will be less likely to be held to be principally culpable in future cases of discrimination. Also, let's not forget that most of the City business and legal cases which we have seen going to tribunal/court are not about a little bit of harmless banter. I, for one, would not want my female relatives in some of those offices.

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  • It is not surprising that the Bar's response to this issue has met with cynism, when seemingly it takes the prospect of bad publicity or a lawsuit to prompt any action, rather than taking proactive steps for the right reasons in the first place. That said, surely it is better to react than not to act at all and these steps must be commended, provided E&D is treated as an ongoing process rather than a box to tick by providing easily-forgotten, one-off training sessions.

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  • It is not surprising that the Bar's response to this issue has met with cynicism, when seemingly it takes the prospect of bad publicity or a lawsuit to prompt any action, rather than taking proactive steps for the right reasons in the first place. That said, surely it is better to react than not to act at all and these steps must be commended, provided E&D is treated as an ongoing process rather than a box to tick by providing easily-forgotten, one-off training sessions.

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