Temple Women's Forum

The Temple Women's Forum was founded in 2011 to encourage and support women throughout their careers, so as to increase retention within the profession. It provides a meeting place to focus together on some of the key issues identified as contributing to the decision of many women to leave the profession in the prime of their careers. Although aimed at women practitioners, men are certainly not excluded.

The forum is co-chaired by Her Honour Judge Sapnara of Middle Temple and Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor of Inner Temple.

There have been a number of workshops in addition to our two main events. Our events normally include a keynote speaker and panellists, and present an opportunity to debate a matter of significance for women members of the Bar. After the formal part of the evening, drinks are served and attendees have a chance to network.


Then, Now and the Future - Reflections on How We Have Progressed Since Women Gained the Vote

Video: How Far Have We Come?

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Temple North Women's Forum

Temple Women's Forum North was created in 2013, in Leeds, by Taryn Lee QC and Professor Iyiola Solanke, both Masters of the Bench of The Inner Temple, to extend the aims of the Temple Women's Forum to legal professionals in the North.

Western Circuit Women's Forum

The WCWF have produced the Back to the Bar survey, about people leaving the Bar/taking parental leave on the Western Circuit.



Read this article in Counsel Magazine about the work of the Temple Women’s Forum (November 2015)

Read Master Taylor's article about the Temple Women's Forum from the 2015/16 Inner Temple Yearbook

BSB - Women at the Bar Report

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