AWL issued a media release on 14 October 2019 concerning the latest report on the Equitable Briefing Policy.
You can find a copy of the media release HERE.
‘AWL applauds the organisations and individuals who have formally endorsed or adopted the Equitable Briefing Policy since its launch in 2016 and encourages the myriad other organisations and briefing entities throughout Australia to join them. It is a great sign that in the second year of reporting the interim target of 30% junior briefs to female junior barristers was met – change is possible.
It is extremely disappointing however that despite a commitment to equitable briefing and an increase in the number of reported briefs going to women, the value of briefs going to women barristers has fallen as a proportion of the total indicating an increase in the profession’s already dismal gender pay gap. AWL would like to see adopters of the Equitable Briefing Policy also commit to closing this pay gap by providing briefs of equal value to women Barristers.’