Gender equality



Gender-balanced leadership splits role of Carson McDowell managing partner

Roger McMillan and Neasa Quigley have today taken over the responsibilities of managing partner at Carson McDowell, succeeding Michael Johnston after eight years in the role.

Published 1 May 2019

Gender pay gap reporting bill presented to the Dáil

Legislation requiring employers to publish details of the gender pay gap in their workforce has been published.

Published 9 April 2019

Woman dismissed after becoming pregnant settles with employer for undisclosed sum

A woman who was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against on the grounds of her sex has settled with her former employer for an undisclosed sum.

Published 2 April 2019

Orla O'Connor appointed first woman leader of Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has announced the appointment of Orla O'Connor as its next chairperson, marking the first time that a woman has held the law firm's top post.

Published 25 March 2019

Lady Hale calls for women to make up 'at least half of judges'

At least half of the UK's judges should be women, the President of the UK Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has said.

Published 25 March 2019

Supreme Court: Fianna Fáil member has locus standi to challenge constitutionality of female representation law

A man who brought proceedings to challenge the constitutionality of a provision of the Electoral Act 1997 after he was told by Fianna Fáil that the candidate in his constituency “must be a woman” has successfully appealed the finding that he did not have locus standi to bring the challenge.

Published 22 March 2019

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn: Asda’s slogan is ‘Save Money, Live Better’ – but who is really saving?

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn, associate partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, writes on the recent equal pay case involving supermarket Asda.

Published 18 February 2019

Government to review domestic, sexual and gender-based violence strategy

The Government's strategy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is set to be reviewed to examine its success.

Published 31 January 2019

Collapse of devolution 'holding back gender diversity in the legal profession'

The collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive two years ago has held back efforts to improve gender diversity within the legal profession, barristers have told Irish Legal News.

Published 18 January 2019

Cherie Blair QC warns diversity in the legal profession is declining

Diversity in the legal profession is declining because fewer state-educated pupils are going into law than in the past, according to Cherie Blair QC.

Published 16 January 2019

Mrs Justice Keegan and leading lawyers discuss diversity and the law after RBG screening

Leading members of the judiciary and legal profession came together to discuss diversity in legal representation after a Belfast screening of RBG, a new documentary on the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court.

Published 11 January 2019