The Bar Association began addressing the problems faced by female barristers in 1995 when it established a Gender Issues Committee. The committee was later renamed the Equal Opportunity Committee (EOC) which, under the chairmanship of Michael Slattery QC, put in place a number of programmes to help women establish successful practices at the Bar.
The Women Barristers Forum (WBF) was established on 19 June 2004 to assist women at the New South Wales Bar. In 2007 it became a section of the Bar Association.Learn More >>
Equitable Briefing Policy
The Equitable Briefing Policy was finalised and adopted by the Bar Council in June 2004. Learn More >>
Each year a number of senior women barristers act as mentors to women in their second and third year at the Bar. This particularly effective scheme, which commenced in 2001, has received excellent feedback.
Universities and the Bar
For some years the Bar has conducted a scheme in which women law students in their final two years of their degree are invited to the Bar to meet women barristers.
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