Gender Equality at the Bar
On 6 November 2013, the Victorian Bar Council adopted a package of measures designed to support the retention of women at the Bar and address the reasons they leave the Bar. The new package of measures, The Quantum Leap, was launched by the Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 12 November.
The Quantum Leap centres on a seven point plan:
A Bar Barometer to measure numbers of women at the Bar and their comparative earnings by seniority and area of practice.
The Silks’ Undertaking - a pledge to commit to actions promoting equality and diversity.
An Unconscious Bias Program - Bias awareness training to be delivered across the Bar.
Culture change - Formal and informal mechanisms for reporting bullying, harassment and discrimination.
A new Mentoring Program - Available for women at key career milestones of two years, seven years and to senior junior women.
Re-engagement Roundtables to maintain contact and support for women on career breaks.
Exit Surveys to understand the drivers of attrition of women at the Bar and identify factors to assist in retaining women at the Bar.
Read the Media Release here
Read the Project Plan here
View speech by Fiona McLeod SC here
The Silks’ Undertaking
A pledge by Silks indicating a personal commitment to advancing equality and diversity including, at a minimum, recommending at least one new woman for a research task or junior brief annually, and to actively support a non-discriminatory workplace culture at the Bar. Click here
for a copy of the Undertaking.
Silks who signed the Undertaking include
|Fiona McLeod SC || || ||Philip Dunn QC|| || ||Ronald Meldrum QC|| || ||Martin Scott QC|| |
|Will Alstergren QC || || ||Adrian Finanzio SC || || ||Ronald Merkel QC|| || ||David Shavin QC|
|James Peters QC || || ||Jacinta Forbes QC|| || ||Simon Molesworth AO QC|| || ||Toby Shnookal QC|
|Stewart Anderson QC|| || ||Hugh Foxcroft QC|| || ||Albert Monichino QC|| || ||Philip Solomon QC|
|Richard Attiwill QC || || ||Ian Freckelton QC|| || ||Jonathon Moore QC|| || ||Carolyn Sparke QC|
|Hamish Austin SC || || ||Rodney Garratt QC|| || ||Steven Moore QC|| || ||Helen Symon QC|
|Martin Bartfeld QC|| || ||George Georgiou SC|| || ||Vincent Morfuni QC|| || ||Patrick Tehan QC|
|Jennifer Batrouney QC|| || ||David Gilbertson QC|| || ||Terrence Murphy QC|| || ||Malcolm Titshall QC|
|David Batt QC|| || ||Jeremy Gobbo QC|| || ||David Neal SC|| || ||Timothy Tobin SC|
|Garry Bigmore QC|| || ||Colin Golvan SC|| || ||Olyvia Nikou QC|| || ||Nicholas Tweedie SC|
|Susan Brennan SC|| || ||George Golvan QC|| || ||Michael O'Bryan SC|| || ||Remy van de Wiel QC|
|Michael Borsky SC|| || ||Peter Hanks QC|| || ||Norman O'Bryan AM SC|| || ||Bruce Walmsley QC|
|David Brown QC|| || ||Gregory Harris QC|| || ||Michael O'Connell SC|| || ||Brian Walters QC|
|Julian Burnside AO QC|| || ||Constantine Heliotis QC|| || ||Stephen O'Meara QC|| || ||Michael Wheelahan QC|
|Bruce Caine QC || || ||Ian Hill QC|| || ||Michael Osborne QC|| || ||Daryl Williams QC|
|Christopher Canavan QC|| || ||Dyson Hore-Lacy SC|| || ||Clifford Pannam QC|| || ||Ted Woodward SC|
|Peter Cawthorn QC|| || ||Iain Jones QC|| || ||Michael Pearce SC|| || ||Michael Wyles QC|
|Peter Chadwick QC|| || ||Kerri Judd QC|| || ||John Philbrick QC|| || ||Neil Young QC |
|Neil Clelland QC|| || ||Caroline Kenny QC|| || ||Michelle Quigley QC|| || ||W Brind Zichy-Woinarski QC |
|Matthew Collins QC|| || ||Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC|| || ||Carmen Randazzo SC|| || || |
|Matthew Connock QC|| || ||Caroline Kirton QC|| || ||John Richards QC|| || || |
|Philip Corbett QC|| || ||Maryanne Loughnan QC|| || ||Robert Richter QC|| || || |
|Philip Crutchfield QC|| || ||Colin Lovitt QC|| || ||Gordon Ritter QC|| || || |
|Christopher Dane QC|| || ||Richard Manly QC|| || ||Aileen Ryan QC|| || || |
|John de Wijn QC|| || ||Daniel Masel SC|| || ||Paul Scanlon QC|| || || |
|Stephen Donaghue QC|| || ||Ian Mawson QC|| || || || || |
For further information about The Quantum Leap, please contact Gabrielle Östberg, Policy Lawyer.