Doughty Street Chambers celebrate International Women’s Day - What More Can the Law do for Women?

Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Location: Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester M2 4PD

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers Manchester


CPD: 2

Fee: Free

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 conference session (details below), we also have an all day session on Saturday 5th March (What More Can the Law do for Women?) - Click here for details) and another in London on Monday 7th March, (Women Lawyers and the Workplace – How to Succeed, and How Your Firm Can Succeed For You -  Click here for more details).


Tuesday 8th March – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 6pm – 8pm 
What More Can the Law do for Women?

Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester M2 4PD

(followed by drinks, canapés and networking)

An evening conference on International Women’s Day will explore some of the same issues addressed in our Saturday conference in London. Dinah Crystal OBE from the University of Manchester, will give some introductory remarks. The audience will comprise lawyers, NGOs and other from civil society.  The short talks will be followed by drinks, food and an opportunity to network with colleagues from other firms and organisations.

6pm - Welcome and Introduction - Dinah Crystal OBE

6.10pm - Women and the Welfare State - Rebekah Carrier of Hopkin Murray Beskine and Caoilfhionn Gallagher of Doughty Street 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).

6.40pm - Women and Crime -  Harriet JohnsonKaty Thorne, Katie Fraser from Women in Prison and Ruth Lamont from University of Manchester will investigate how women interact with the criminal justice system.  In particular women as defendants (what more can be done to protect them before and during the process), the needs of women as prisoners and post-sentence, and the impact of austerity measures on access to justice and rehabilitation.   The panel will also look at redress for victims and how effective (or not) the criminal process is in providing that redress, as well as what civil remedies are available and how they can be made more effective.

7.10pm - Women and Work - Henrietta Hill QC from Doughty Street, Sally Penni from Kenworthy’s Chambers and Sarah Nolan from Broudie Jackson Canter will discuss 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.  

7.40pm - Final discussion and Close - Rounding up some of the themes which arise during the evening’s discussions, and we 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 or call a member of our events team on 0207 404 1313. 

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