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Equitable briefing of women at the Australian Bar

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Herbert Smith Freehills has been a proud signatory of the Australian Law Council’s Gender Equitable Briefing policy since its inception. We are focussed on widening the pool of barristers whom we brief with a particular focus on briefing more women.

In FY21:

  • 25% of all briefs nationally were to female barristers
  • 36% of all briefs to junior counsel nationally were to female barristers (equating to 42% of the total dollar value of those briefs)
  • focussing on our Disputes practice alone, female barristers received:
    • 40% of all briefs to junior counsel nationally (equating to 44% of the total dollar amount of those briefs)
    • in our Brisbane Disputes practice, more than half of all our briefs to junior counsel 
    • in our Melbourne and Sydney Disputes practice, more than half the dollar value of briefs to junior counsel.

If you would like to learn more, particularly if you are a member of the Bar, please contact Danielle Kelly.

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