Barristers Chambers tackles gender gap

Carly Sandbach, Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers has become one of the first barristers’ chambers in the North to sign the Women in Law Pledge.

The Women in Law Pledge, created by the Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), is a commitment to work together to harness the power of gender equality to transform the business of law.

In signing the Pledge, Exchange has implemented an action plan addressing key areas of its business including recruitment, career progression and retention, opportunities and pay, training, marketing and management.

Carly Sandbach, a barrister at Exchange Chambers, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, said: “As proud signatories to the Women in Law Pledge, we have set a range of high-level targets around gender and diversity to make a real difference within Chambers.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the profession by focusing on retention and practice development opportunities.

“We will also be tracking progress towards achieving our goals.”

Jonathan I’Anson, CEO at Exchange Chambers, added: “As a board, we are committed to creating a more equal legal profession for all.

“Signing the Women in Law Pledge is a vital stepping stone in achieving positive change,” he said.

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