Doughty Street Chambers celebrate International Women’s Day - “What More Can the Law Do For Women?”

Date: Saturday 05 March 2016

Time: 11.00 - 16.00

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, London and Manchester

Speakers:

CPD: 5

Fee: Free

Doughty Street Chambers is pleased to launch “What More Can the Law Do For Women?”, a short conference comprising three CPD accredited events held over 5th – 8th March in London and Manchester to celebrate International Women’s Day:

Saturday 5th March – What More Can the Law Do For Women?

11am – 4pm, 54 Doughty Street, London (See details below)

 

Monday 7th March – Women Lawyers and the Workplace – How to Succeed, and How Your Firm Can Succeed For You

6pm – 7.30pm, 54 Doughty Street, London (Click here for details)

 

Tuesday 8th March – What More Can the Law Do For Women? – MANCHESTER SESSION

6pm – 8pm, Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester (Click here for details)

 

"In 2016, in the UK, we are still a long way away from a world that treats women equally.  At work or at home, through quiet disadvantage or outright violence, women are still routinely discriminated against for nothing more than the fact that they are women.   As lawyers, most of us joined the profession to try to make a difference to people’s lives.  We work at that daily, case by case.  Doughty Street Chambers is proud to host its first conference marking International Women’s Day.  The conference comprises events which present an opportunity for us to consider a broader perspective; to pool our shared experience and knowledge to try to find constructive, practical ways that the law can address the gender imbalance.  We look forward to welcoming members of the judiciary, solicitors, NGOs and others from civil society, and barristers, to engage in what we hope will be an inspiring few days of meaningful discussion and collaboration to consider what more we can do to build a fairer future for women and girls, as well as for those women in the legal profession working on their behalf.”

"In 2016, in the UK, we are still a long way away from a world that treats women equally.  At work or at home, through quiet disadvantage or outright violence, women are still routinely discriminated against for nothing more than the fact that they are women.

 As lawyers, most of us joined the profession to try to make a difference to people’s lives.  We work at that daily, case by case.  Doughty Street Chambers is proud to host its first conference marking International Women’s Day.  The conference comprises events which present an opportunity for us to consider a broader perspective; to pool our shared experience and knowledge to try to find constructive, practical ways that the law can address the gender imbalance.

We look forward to welcoming members of the judiciary, solicitors, NGOs and others from civil society, and barristers, to engage in what we hope will be an inspiring few days of meaningful discussion and collaboration to consider what more we can do to build a fairer future for women and girls, as well as for those women in the legal profession working on their behalf.

Harriet Johnson

Conference Curator

 

Doughty Street Chambers is pleased to launch its first conference marking International Women’s Day.  The conference comprises three events inviting lawyers, judges, NGOs and others from civil society to pool their shared experience and knowledge to try and find constructive, practical ways in which the law can be used to support women and address gender imbalance.

 

We will be surveying delegates before the events to canvass their views on how woman are impacted by the law, and results from that will be fed into our discussions.  The product of the discussions will be captured on a Chatham House basis, and distilled into a report which will be made available shortly after the conference ends.  We will also be tweeting from the conference and you can join the conversation by using the hashtag #DoughtyStWomen.

 

All events are CPD accredited for solicitors and barristers, and will be followed by drinks, canapés and an opportunity for networking with colleagues from other organisations.

 

We hope you can join us for what we are sure will be stimulating discussions.

 

In addition to our principal confrence session (details below), we also have a session on Monday 7th March (Women Lawyers and the Workplace – How to Succeed, and How Your Firm Can Succeed For You - Click here for details) and another in Manchester on Tuesday 8th March, International Women's Day itself (What More Can the Law do for Women? This seminar will explore some of the same issues addressed in our Saturday conference in London - Click here for more details)

 

Saturday 5th March, 11am – 4pm
What More Can the Law do for Women?

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

5 CPD POINTS – (or 2 points for those attending only morning or afternoon session)

(followed by drinks, canapés and networking)

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a Founder Member of Doughty Street Chambers, will chair a day of talks looking at how women are impacted by the law.  We hope the day will identify areas for future law reform, and will inspire and inform delegates on campaigns they can mount to ensure the law better supports women.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided, and the afternoon talks will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking.  You are welcome to stay all day, or just attend the morning or afternoon session.

Before the event we will be sending you a short survey to canvass your views on how women are impacted by the law, and results from that will feed in to our discussions on the day.  We will also ask you for thoughts or particular issues you would like to see addressed by our speakers.  During the day itself, each session is intended to be a discussion, led by our panellists, but very much inviting your views from the floor.  We will be capturing this information to be distilled in to a report which we will circulate to delegates after the event as a record of the day.  

The talks will include:

11am - Welcome and Introduction - Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

11.15am - Women and the Welfare State - Chaired by Angela Jackman from Maxwell Gillott, a panel featuring Caoilfhionn Gallager and Katherine O’Byrne from Doughty Street, and Harini Iyengar (Women’s Equality Party), will explore what the future of the welfare state will look like for women, and the impact of austerity measures.  The panel will also look at key recent cases, including challenges in the Supreme Court to the benefit cap and bedroom tax, as well as Article 14 discrimination.  There will also be a discussion of how relative standards of international law are applied (including under the ECHR and CEDAW).

12.15pm - Coffee

12.30pm - Redress for Victims - Chaired by Marcia Willis-Stewart of Birnberg Peirce & Partners, a panel of speakers including Her Honour Judge Ruth Downing from Woolwich Crown Court, Harriet Wistrich from Birnberg Peirce, Deborah Coles from INQUEST, and Alison Pickup of Doughty Street will discuss how cuts to legal aid and other austerity measures have impacted on access to justice for women seeking redress.  We will also look at how civil remedies can be used most effectively, and what improvements might be made to their reach and enforcement.  The panel will also explore what domestic redress is available for victims of crime, including trafficking, and will consider the effectiveness of the criminal process in providing that.

1.30pm - Lunch and Networking

2.15pm - Women at Work - Chaired by Heather Williams QC from Doughty Street, a panel including Lady Justice Macur, Camilla Palmer QC (Hon) from YESS and Althea Brown from Doughty Street will consider some of the issues facing women in the workplace.  Topics will include: equal pay and what more can be done to achieve it; how to alleviate the effects of the childcare imbalance; practical ways to address workplace discrimination and why our current discrimination laws aren’t more effective; glass ceilings and how to shatter them; and the relationship with gender bias and other forms of workplace discrimination.  

3.15pm - Coffee

3.30pm - Women and the Criminal Justice System - Chaired by Isabella Forshall QC from Doughty Street, and comprising a panel of speakers including Frances Crook OBE (Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform),  Nicola Lacey (Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics) and Katy Thorne from Doughty Street Chambers, this session will look at the position of women as defendants within criminal proceedings, and ask what more can be done to protect them before and during the process.  We will invite your views on how to best address the needs of women within the context of prison and after sentence, and explore the impact of austerity measures on women at trial, on release, during rehabilitation, or why they reoffend.

4.30pm - Final Discussion and Close - Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will round up some of the themes which arise during the conference, and will invite delegates to make their pledges as to how they plan to use the law to better support the women whose interests they represent. 

To reserve a place please RSVP to events@doughtystreet.co.uk or call a member of our events team on 0207 404 1313. 

 

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