Women Specialist Reference Group

For members who identify as women, or are interested in women's issues and the promotion of equality

Thank you to the members who have signed up to form part of this specialist reference group. If you are not a member, but wish to join, please email women@cilex.org.uk with your full name (as you are registered with us) and your membership number. 

Practice advice

At CILEx we do our best to provide our members with as much advice and guidance as we can for our members who are women. Our Practice Advice page is a great place to start if you have any questions or queries. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, or would like further guidance or advice, please get in touch with the membership contact centre via practiceadvice@cilex.org.uk or by calling 01234 845777. 

Active engagement work

CILEx is regularly working on behalf of our members on a variety of issues. Below is some of our ongoing work for which we would like to engage with the Women Specialist Reference Group in order to gain greater perspective and evidence from those who are women.

CILEx regularly monitors active consultations members may be interested in. Where we are not able to respond, we encourage our members to so directly. Here are some consultations you may be interested in sharing your views:

Reporting Restrictions in the Family Courts

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has released draft guidance, for consultation, on reporting in the Family Courts.

It follows an appeal in Re R (A Child) (Reporting Restrictions) [2019] EWCA 482 Civ heard on 15 February 2019.

The President, who is also Head of Family Justice, said he welcomes people’s views and suggestions to the consultation.

Deadline for responses: 30 June

Support for victims of domestic abuse

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposals for a new approach to support victims of domestic abuse and their children in accommodation-based services in England.

The Government is consulting on a new delivery model for accommodation-based support. This includes the introduction of a statutory duty on local authorities to provide support that meets the diverse needs of victims of domestic abuse and their children, ensuring they have access to provision that is right for them.

Deadline for responses: 01 July

Online Harms White Paper

The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures. 

The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. 

Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.

Deadline for responses: 02 August

Previous work

CILEx continues to promote member views throughout the legal community. We hope that the Women Specialist Reference Group grows with us. 

CILEx has engaged in previous work around Women. Examples of our work can be found below.

News & Updates

Cover Story: The first woman CILEx Judge

"Sometimes the best examples may not be from your work life. I looked at other roles that I had held such as being on the PTA, school governor and trustee of a charity."

Check out the latest edition of the CILEx Journal to hear from Elizabeth Johnson FCILEx, the first female Chartered Legal Executive Judge, about how she successfully applied.

You can also read our story on the second female Chartered Legal Executive judge, Chloe Hubbert FCILEx, appointed just a few weeks after Elizabeth.

If you want to know more about what being a judge is like, why not look at the free Pre-Application Judicial Education programme - a partnership between Government, the judiciary, and the legal professions.

CILEx partners with LawCare to recognise mental health initiatives

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has introduced a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative award category into this year’s CILEx National Awards, in partnership with legal sector mental health charity, LawCare.

The award will recognise those organisations that demonstrate enhanced staff satisfaction, improved operational performance and/or the embedding of mental health and wellbeing into organisational values and culture.

IBA report shows global problem with harassment in the legal profession

CILEx is reviewing a recent report from the International Bar Association (IBA) that showed levels of bullying and harassment in the legal profession are rife. The report found approximately one in two female respondents and one in three male respondents had been bullied in connection with their employment, and worryingly one in three female respondents had been sexually harassed in a workplace context, as had one in 14 male respondents.

CILEx will be giving members the opportunity to share their experiences and views to help us consider what support we can offer to help members. We will be in touch in future emails.

In the meantime, remember that if ever you want to speak to someone in confidence, about anything at all, as a CILEx member you are entitled to call Law Care; 0800 279 6888 (open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday)

Contact us

If you have any questions about this or other Specialist Reference Groups, then please contact us on women@cilex.org.uk or by calling 01234 845777.