The loss of women in their 30s to the profession was discussed with Cherie advising the need for more flexible working hours
Last week Cherie visited Oxford University to address the Oxford Bar Society.
About 100 students were in the audience in the Shulman Auditorium to hear Cherie in conversation with Leonie Amarasekara President of the Bar Society.
A wide range of topics were covered including the changes in conditions for women in the law since Cherie started practicing; whether there should be quotas for women at the Bar; whether pupillages should be unpaid and the difficulties in finding one at present.
The loss of women in their 30s to the profession was discussed with Cherie advising the need for more flexible working hours - and she underlined the need for men too to be allowed to have flexibility in their middle years. Cherie gave examples of the difficulties she had encountered in her early days in a male dominated profession and from a working class background. She also mentioned her present legal work and her involvement in international legal matters.
Following questions Cherie joined the students for refreshments and discussions including giving individual advice and encouragement.