Sexuality at the Bar: An Empirical Exploration into the Experiences of LGBT+ Barristers in England & Wales

Monday 25 September 2017, 7pm-9pm

Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2HT

Co-organised event (followed by drinks reception) with UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, the University of Westminster Law School and 29 Bedford Row

Chair:

Rt Hon. Maria Miller MP (Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee)

Speakers:
Marc Mason (University of Westminster)
Dr Steven Vaughan (UCL Laws, Centre for Ethics and Law)

Panellists:
Amit Popat (Head of Equality and Access to Justice, Bar Standards Board)
Claire Fox (Barrister, Pump Court Chambers; Co-Chair of the Barristers Lesbian and Gay Group)
Nicholas Allen (Barrister, 29 Bedford Row; Recorder)
Susanna Rickard (Barrister, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers; Representative of FreeBar)

About the lecture:

This lecture will launch the results of world-leading research into sexuality and the Bar. It is based on work undertaken in 2016: a survey with 126 LGBT+ barristers, QCs, pupils and BPTC students; and 37 linked interviews. 

The survey and interviews, the first of their kind, sought to understand the career experiences of LGBT+ members of the Bar, to ask those members about the extent to which (if at all) their sexuality has impacted on their practice, and to explore the role and function of LGBT+ support networks for barristers.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, generously supported by 29 Bedford Row and UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law.