We need tough sanctions for sexual harassment, gender parity in chambers, and to close the pay gap, in a radical overhaul

Surprise, surprise: bullying and sexual harassment is rife in the legal profession. Yet another report, this time from the International Bar Association, shows that 62% of female lawyers have been bullied in the UK, which is higher than the international average, and 38% of women have suffered sexual harassment.

The findings accord with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) report in 2016, which found that two in five respondents suffered sexual harassment and discrimination and only one in five reported it.

Whenever women are under-represented in the workplace and men’s power is unaccountable, sexual harassment is prevalent

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