Sexual Harassment

FORTY per cent of the women barristers surveyed had experienced sexual harassment and 70 per cent had encountered discrimination.

Three quarters of the respondents said racial discrimination was a problem and out of an original non-white student intake of 115 on the 1989/90 course only two were identified as having made it to junior tenancy.

For Barbara Hewson, of the Association of Women Barristers, the report is a shot across the bows of chambers.

“Chambers which have turnovers of millions of pounds have no excuse for not setting down procedures to deal with these problems.”

Kathryn Hamylton, Bar Council equal opportunity officer, says she faces an uphill struggle persuading chambers of the necessity of adopting the Bar's equal opportunities code.