find the latest legal job
Monash University Director Workplace Relations
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Exceptional senior leadership role
View details
Personal Injury Lawyer - Melbourne Eastern Suburbs - 2-5 years PAE
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Lilydale VIC 3140
· Fulfilling role as part of a small team in a positive workplace
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· In-house opportunity · Be part of our engine for success in a high growth business
View details
Trainer/Assessor Diploma of Legal Services
Category: Other | Location: Liverpool NSW 2170
· 3 Days Per Week · 9am - 4pm
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
A-G and LCA to crack glass ceiling

A-G and LCA to crack glass ceiling

THE AUSTRALIAN Government is continuing to lead by example on equitable briefing policies for female barristers, according to figures released by the Attorney General.The need to address equal…

THE AUSTRALIAN Government is continuing to lead by example on equitable briefing policies for female barristers, according to figures released by the Attorney General.

The need to address equal opportunity imbalances was further addressed by the Law Council of Australia at its meeting of directors last weekend. The Law Council agreed to adopt a national model briefing policy for female barristers and advocates, which was the first of a series of moves by the Law Council to ensure a level playing field for the Australian legal profession.

Only 18 female barristers were briefed in litigation involving the Attorney General’s Department in 2002/03, the figures revealed, compared to 34 male barristers. Similarly, the total fees paid to male barristers was $445,000 compared to $320,000 for women. Figures from this financial year to February 2004 reveal a similar trend.

Appearing to acknowledge the Government’s apparent gender inequity, A-G Philip Ruddock said “the figures reinforced the Government’s firm view that there should be no gender-based barriers for suitably qualified barristers. The Government will continue to consider whether its record on equitable briefing could be further strengthened.”

The release of an issues paper earlier this month was part of a general review aimed at refining the Government’s Legal Services Directions — the rules governing the provision of Commonwealth legal services.

Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network