Women at the Bar

Fewer women than we would like are applying for a career at the Commercial Bar. For the past several years, One Essex Court has organised events to inform students about life and work at the Commercial Bar, in the hope that more women will consider what we think is a fulfilling, rewarding and female-friendly career.

  • In 2016 and 2018 we arranged panel discussions in London, Oxford and Cambridge by members of Chambers about life and work as a woman at the Commercial Bar. These were followed by receptions at which students could speak with barristers, clerks and pupils from One Essex Court. In each year we reached over 100 students across the events.
  • In 2017 we hosted 31 students for an Open Day in Chambers, during which students attended panels, had lunch in Middle Temple Hall, made arguments in an advocacy workshop and met with Mrs Justice Carr at the Rolls Building.

The feedback we have received from students following these events has been helpful and encouraging, and we hope that they have convinced some of the attendees to aim for a career at the Commercial Bar.

Information about any future events will be posted here.