An overhaul tackling sexism, racism and class discrimination would address the profession’s failure to reflect the society it represents

The barrister Joanna Hardy took to Twitter to highlight sexism in the legal profession last week. In one of her tweets, she wrote: “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.” It is a sad state of affairs that in the more than 100 years since women have practised law, we still remain marginalised in the senior rankings of the profession, and sexism is endemic.

While gender inequality in the legal profession is rightly making headlines, there are other intersectional patterns of inequality such as class and race that rarely garner as much attention when they should be at the forefront of the fight for equality. When I talk about equality, I mean overhauling the legal profession so that the law reflects the society it represents: people from all walks of life.

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