Government under pressure to reform vital transgender laws

LGBT groups have called on the new minister for women and equalities to set a date for when key gender legislation will be reformed. Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people can have their gender identity recognised and legally changed on their birth certificates. But it means that people must go through what campaigners call ‘intrusive’ medical assessments, … Read More

Marriage equality law passes Australia’s parliament in landslide vote

Jubilation and tears of joy as Australia becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage. Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform. … Read More

Legal Legacy

  Becca Challis speaks to Funke Abimbola about racial prejudice and representation in the law industry. As graduation looms, and other students like myself face the daunting prospect of ‘entering the real world’, I am becoming increasingly concerned with which career it is that I should be pursuing. The general advice is to think about what matters to you – how … Read More

Scotland’s First Gay Married Couple Hit Out at Civil Partnership Ruling

The first gay couple to be married in Scotland have expressed “gut-wrenching” sadness about the quashing of a bid for a civil partnership by a heterosexual couple. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been fighting for their right to enter into a civil partnership, at present only available to same-sex couples. They argue it is discriminatory and should be open … Read More

Disability Discrimination: Your Legal Rights

What qualifies as disability? And what legal protection do people who experience discrimination at work have under the Equality Act? Though many employers are taking steps to improve workplace diversity and increase awareness around mental health, disabled people continue to face discrimination at work. Over half of disabled people have been bullied or harassed in the workplace because of their … Read More

Supreme Court in Search of Judges That Will Improve Diversity

Law society hopes court will better ‘reflect society’, as all of current panel are white and majority are privately educated men. The supreme court began its search for three new judges on Thursday, seeking members who will “improve the diversity of the court”. Of the court’s 11 current members, 10 are men and all are white. Just two were not privately … Read More