Articles tagged with: Employment
By Lucy Corrin
Imagine you are a middle-aged man with a young family looking to change career to work as a primary school teacher. When you were 12 you took a chocolate bar from a shop. You learnt a salutary lesson and never repeated this isolated error of judgment. Is it right that your prospective employer should be told this? Well, whilst the Government thought your prospective employer should be forewarned, the Court of Appeal disagreed. The Court of Appeal, in R(T) & Others v Greater Manchester was critical of the …
Lady Hale did not reach her position as the sole woman at the top of the judicial tree without a degree of steel in her soul. So, no surprise that she let a fellow justice of the Supreme Court have it with both barrels in her Kuttan Menon Lecture. Lord Sumption had argued in his Bar Council lecture of November last year that the gender imbalance of the superior courts would be corrected only by the effluxion of time. He conceded that this was not ideal but it was …
By Felicity Gerry
Lord Sumption is speaking at Middle Temple Women’s Forum in April. My hope is that he reads this first.
There is a saying on the internet that the ceiling isn’t glass, it’s a very dense layer of men. It applies to women vicars, women politicians, women in business and women lawyers. Despite some progress in the workplace, women are still not reaching the top and frankly women in all areas of working life are sick of waiting.
Even Baroness Hale is bored with the inability of the legal profession to …
By Geraldine Morris
In 2009, when asked by the then Lord Chancellor to look at judicial diversity, Baroness Neuberger said:
“Judges drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences will bring varying perspectives to bear on critical legal issues. A judiciary which is more visibly reflective of society will enhance public confidence.”
But the recent news that the Supreme Court has filled its three vacancies with three white male judges (Lord Justices Toulson, Hughes and Lord Hodge) was greeted in many quarters with a slightly weary sense of predictability. It’s worth …
By Felicity Gerry
This week headlines have been dominated by the recommendations from the Leveson Inquiry; and the two Australian DJs, whose prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge led to the nurse who took the call taking her own life. Yet again, we are asking questions about press freedom and whether we should be drafting new regulations.
In my view, whilst the situation is appallingly tragic, the jurisprudence is quite simple: freedom includes the freedom to misbehave. If that misbehaviour is not a crime (as defined and debated …