It is shocking but sadly unsurprising to hear that two-fifths of female barristers are subject to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The legal sector is undoubtedly trying to take the necessary steps to tackle discrimination and to encourage social mobility and equality in law. However, these reports and surveys play an important role in educating the sector and highlighting the room for improvement.
Have a read of Byfield Consultancy's recent social mobility report here: http://www.byfieldconsultancy.com/2015/10/opening-up-or-shutting-out/
Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed. The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which regulates the profession and carried out the survey of more than 1,300 female barristers, is to write to every chambers in England and Wales urging them to improve compliance with equality rules. The results emerged from an online questionnaire answered by nearly a quarter of women lawyers working at the bar; their age and ethnicity were broadly representative of the profession.