Gender equity

Four ladies at an awards event

Francis Burt Chambers proudly stands by the Law Council of Australia Equitable Briefing Policy. We are committed to supporting and promoting our female barristers and assisting women who are contemplating a career at the Bar. Our female barristers practise in many areas of the law and in all jurisdictions.

More broadly, we support gender equity, actively promoting the contribution and achievements of women across WA’s legal profession.

We are proud to be Gold Sponsors of the WA Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards, hosted by Women Lawyers of Western Australia. The prestigious event recognises the talent and contribution women make in all areas of our profession.

Leadership and professional development

Francis Burt Chambers’ Matt Howard SC was appointed President of the Australian Bar Association, in 2019, to represent Australia’s 6,000 independent barristers. He is only the fourth WA-based representative to be chosen to head the national body since the Association was formed in 1962.

Other members currently working on behalf of the profession include Martin Cuerden SC, President of the WA Bar Association, Clare Thompson, President of Women Lawyers WA, and Anthony Elliott, President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA.

Francis Burt Chambers invests in growing the skills, knowledge and competency of our future legal practitioners.

Our barristers support the WA Bar Association’s Bar Readers’ course (as well as assisting in other jurisdictions), volunteering as coaches and mentors to foster the highest standards of competence and ethical practice by people choosing to practise as independent barristers.

In support of the Law Society of Western Australia’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, our experienced barristers also share their knowledge with industry colleagues at seminars, webinars, workshops and other industry forums.

Promoting industry excellence

Francis Burt Chambers was a proud sponsor of the 2020 Asian Australian Lawyers Association Lunar New Year awards, recognising practitioners who have made an outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

We also support those who strive for academic excellence through our sponsorship, since 2014, of the Francis Burt Chambers Law Medal at Murdoch University. The medal is presented annually to the graduate with the highest academic achievement in Law.

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