We hope you have had an enjoyable and restful break.
Before we look forward to 2017 we wanted to look back over the AWB’s 2016. It was a big year for us as we were celebrating our 25th Anniversary. This was marked with a wonderful evening at the House of Lords in October. Attendees heard from Mrs Justice Thirlwall, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb and our host for the evening, Lord Carlile.
Also in October, Lynne Townley spoke at the RebLaw conference regarding the prevention of exploitation and abuse of women and girls.
In November, we once again co-hosted a session at the Annual Bar Conference (this year with the Equality and Diversity Committee). Fiona Jackson moderated a panel, including Angela Grahame QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC, discussing barriers to the retention of women at the Bar and lessons that can be learned from abroad.
Back in June, alongside Gray’s Inn, we hosted a forum on the future of women at the Bar. The panel included Lord Justice Fulford, Kaly Kaul QC, Dinah Rose QC and Jacqueline Perry QC. In the same month, one of our co-chairs, Lisa Wilson, had an article published in Counsel magazine concerning the continued gender inequality at the Bar. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the link: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/sba-report
We of course had our regular Pupillage Advice Clinic in April, which was as well attended as always. We welcomed several new members following a students’ evening, organised by new members of our committee, Paige Mason and Alex Maunders.
Alongside all of this, members of the committee have continued to support the Society of Asian Lawyers and the Sharan project, a charity providing particular support to vulnerable South Asian women who have left home forcefully or voluntarily.
At the end of this year we’ve said goodbye to our Chair of 3 years, Neelam Sarkaria, who has put in untold effort behind the scenes. So thank you, Neelam!
We’d also like to thank Melanie Hewitson who has stepped down from her role as Treasurer and Membership Secretary after 3 years. Your hard work has been greatly appreciated.
Finally, we'd like to thank all our members for the continued support you provide - thank you!
So, looking forward to 2017. To kick things off for our student members, we have our Pupillage Advice Clinic on 24th January. On 8th February we will have our first social event of the year when we will host some (slightly late) new year drinks. We hope to announce further events soon.