A FED-up female barrister has told her male colleagues to stop “behaving like they’re on a stag do” and making jokes “about breasts and skirts” in court.
Joanna Hardy, a leading criminal barrister, took to Twitter to offer tips on how to retain women in the legal profession.
Joanna Hardy, a leading criminal barrister, offered a list on how to retain females in the legal profession[/caption]
The rising legal star tweeted a list of what men in the profession should do[/caption]
She said male lawyers can stop saying things like “you’re worse then my wife” and telling female colleagues to “make the case dinner”.
The London-based barrister took the men to task for making sexist jokes in court and forgetting women’s names.
She wrote: “Don’t behave like you’re on a stag-do.
“If you’re a male in a male-heavy case, don’t ask the female counsel to fetch the coffee/pour your water.
“Try to remember their names. Don’t make repetitive jokes about breasts or skirts.
“Don’t communicate solely in innuendo.”
And added: “Be kind to each other. Female advocates can have a rough time of it.
“Not all the time. And they aren’t the only ones. But just don’t do it. And if you see it, don’t tolerate it.”
Since she posted her advise on how to better treat women in the legal sector, the barrister – who has feature in the top Legal 500 – has been inundated with positive responses.
If you’re a male in a male-heavy case, don’t ask the female counsel to fetch the coffee/pour your water.
Martin Benthan wrote: “I assume that you are saying this because these things still happen on a regular basis?
“Deeply regrettable if so and reflects very poorly on those responsible who surely should be intelligent enough to know better.”
While another posted: “If your fellow lawyers have no awareness of equality issues (presumably but not entirely to their privileged upbringings) then they should on 1st warning teach at a disadvantage woman’s school, 2nd warning help serve tea & meals at a women’s refuge & 3rd be permanently debarred!”
But not everyone was in agreement with her, with Joanna Misty tweeting: “This is such childish sexist twaddle.
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“Men & women are not different, they all have issues, families, relatives, stress Etc This sexism is atrocious.”
Ms Hardy was chosen to speak at a hearing of the Commons Justice Select Committee hearing last year, and is a rising star of the legal profession.
She works for Red Lion Chambers in London, which used to be run by Max Hill QC, before he became Director of Public Prosecutions.
The London-based barrister took the men to task for making sexist jokes in court and forgetting women’s names[/caption]
She also told male colleagues what not to say while in court or at work[/caption]
She also simply asked that people be kind to each other in work[/caption]
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