find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Corporate Lawyer (3-5 years PQE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· National firm acting for domestic and multinational clients
View details
Lawyer – CTP Insurance (2-3 years)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Well-regarded team offering mentoring and career development
View details
Financial planner overlooks existence of female barristers

Financial planner overlooks existence of female barristers

Advertising material that landed in barristers’ inboxes this week raised eyebrows with its 1950s gender tropes.

A flyer from an adviser at the Shadforth Financial Group was circulated among barristers in Melbourne to offer them financial planning help – assuming, of course, that those barristers were male.

Titled ‘Financial Principles to Live By’, adviser Michael Burton presented the lifecycle of a typical barrister and gave advice throughout the decades.

Mr Burton started well enough, suggesting barristers in their 20s should “wise up to credit”.

However, it quickly became clear Mr Burton’s idea of a ‘typical barrister’ was somewhat outdated.

After marrying their “school sweetheart” in their 30s, he suggested barristers in their 40s are likely to find themselves in the following position – “Your wife is a ‘home engineer’, managing two children under 10, and you are finding the ‘cottage’ which was never quite finished is becoming a little crowded.”

By their 50s, barristers have probably established themselves and “your wife has gone back to part-time work and the money flow is good for a while”.

Several barristers expressed frustration at the continued assumption that the Bar is made up uniformly of men with stay-at-home wives.

One QC who reached out to Folklaw remarked that by sending such material to barristers in 2015, “are we not thrust back to the beginnings of Mad Men?”

Mr Burton has offered a full apology to barristers who were offended by the flyer.

When approached for comment on this story, a Shadforth spokesperson said the material had not been approved through the usual corporate channels.

“This does not reflect the view of Shadforth and is not the Shadforth way,” the spokesperson said.

Like this story? Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive Lawyers Weekly every day straight to your inbox.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Financial planner overlooks existence of female barristers
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Aug 23 2017
NT Law Society sounds alarm on mandatory sentencing
The Law Society Northern Territory has issued a warning over mandatory sentencing, saying it hasn’...
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by Crowd & Co. The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, ev...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...