The undersigned are concerned about The Garrick’s ongoing policy of refusing to accept female members.

It is well known that The Garrick is a forum where senior members of the legal profession socialise and network with each other. Men are afforded an opportunity through their membership to form connections with senior legal practitioners and members of the judiciary to support their professional aspirations.  This is an opportunity expressly denied to women and contributes to the gross underrepresentation of women at the top of the legal profession.

 

When women are excluded without good reason or cast as ‘guests’ - good enough to be wined and dined but not to belong - in a forum in which professionally advantageous invisible connections are made, it undermines the position of women and feeds the conscious or unconscious bias of men. 

 

Whilst such a policy is in place, the undersigned believe that membership of the Garrick cannot be consistent with a commitment to equality and diversity. We urge the Garrick’s members to consider whether they would remain members of a club that excluded based on race, religion, or sexuality.

We invite the members of the Garrick to behave ethically, to call a vote and to vote in favour of admitting women.

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Queen's Counsel

Robin Allen QC

John de Waal QC

Chris Daw QC

Karim Khalil QC

Peter Carter QC

James Laddie QC

Richard Hermer QC

Tamara Oppenheimer QC

James Wood QC

Alex Bailin QC

John Bowers QC

Aileen McColgan QC

Lucy Garrett QC

Alison Morgan QC

Alexandra Healy QC

Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

Michael Wolkind QC

Sarah Whitehouse QC

Lord Hendy QC 

Phillippa Kaufmann QC

Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Tom Hickman QC

Tina Cook QC

Lynne McCafferty QC

Brie Steve-Hoare QC

Gavin Millar QC

Siobhan Grey QC

Marian Gilmore QC

Clodagh Bradley QC

Jane Crowley QC

John Whitting QC

Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC

Marie Demetriou QC

Kate Grange QC

Sean Jones QC

Kerry Bretherton QC

 

Bruce Carr QC 

Bridget Dolan QC

Victoria Wakefield QC

Joel Donovan QC

Marcia Shekerdemian QC

George Peretz QC

Michael Mansfield QC

Rachel Crasnow QC

Sarah Clarke QC

Eleanor Laws QC

Nicola Jane Rushton QC

Patricia Hitchcock QC

Louise Sweet QC

Anthony Metzer QC

Rosemary Jackson QC

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC

Ronit Kreisberger QC

Ben Cooper QC

Isabella Forshall QC

Miranda Moore QC

Sian Mirchandandi QC

Jessica Stephens QC

Tim Buley QC

Rebecca Trowler QC

Alison Macdonald QC

Alison Pople QC

Aswini Weereratne QC

Jenni Richards QC

Zubair Ahmad QC

David Wolfe QC

Suzanne Ornsby QC

Wayne Jordash QC

Debra Powell QC

Anne Whyte QC

Hugh Soughey QC

Schona Jolly QC

Adam Wiseman QC

Krista Lee QC

Diana Ellis QC

Nicola Howard QC

Alison Levitt QC

Tim Otty QC

Fionnuala McCredie QC

Angus Moon QC

John De Bono QC

Tom Crowther QC

Narita Bahra QC

Kate Blackwell QC

Dijen Basu QC

PJ Kirby QC

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

Leon Kazakos QC

Christopher Johnston QC

Paul Brown QC

Nigel Edwards QC

Lexa Hilliard QC

Louis Flannery QC

Samantha Knights QC

Jolyon Maugham QC

 

Elizabeth Jones QC

Henrietta Hill QC

Helen Mountfield QC

Hannah Markham QC

Riel Karmy-Jones QC

Caroline Carberry QC

Hugh Tomlinson QC

Gemma Taylor QC

Marc Willers QC

Allison Clare QC

Ian Wise QC

Susan Rodway QC

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC

Anesta Weekes QC

Lyndsey de Mestre QC

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

Piers Pressdee QC

Hannah Markham QC

Poonam Melwani QC

 

Partners and Directors of Law Firms

Matthew Davies

Managing Partner, Wilson Solicitors

Elizabeth McGlone 

Partner, Bindmans LLP

John Halford 

Partner, Bindmans LLP

Emma Woolcott

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Jules Carey

Partner, Bindmans LLP

Kate Goold

Partner, Bindmans LLP

Toby G Vallance 

Partner, DAC Beachcroft

Caroline Black

Partner, Dechert LLP

Olivia Percy

Partner, Bindmans LLP

 

Francis Ho 

Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Sharon Moohan 

Partner, BLM

Johanna Walsh

Partner, Mischon de Reya LLP

Rachel Caswell

Director, Duncan Lewis

Jonathan Sweet

Director of Legal & Compliance, The Abbeyfield Society

Fran Swaine

Managing Partner, Leigh Day

Angharad Vaughan

Partner, Leigh Day

Michael Newman

Partner, Leigh Day

Harminder Bains

Partner, Leigh Day

Jamie Beagent

Partner, Head of Human Rights & Public Law, Leigh Day

Nicola Marshall

Partner, Leigh Day

Sapna Malik

Partner, Leigh Day

Guy Pendell

Partner, Solicitor Advocate, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Jumana Rahman

Partner, Cohen & Gresser

Abby Buckland

Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP

Melanie Willems

Partner, Haynes Boone LLP

Jonathan Black

Partner, BSB Solicitors

Jamie Potter

Deputy Managing Partner, Bindmans LLP

Dominic Fairclough

Partner, Russell Cooke

Sarah Houghton

Partner, Mischon de Reya LLP

Daniel Hedley

Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

Oliver Holland

Partner, Leigh Day

Richard Meeran

Partner, Leigh Day

Patrick Walsh

Partner, Leigh Day

Allison Millar

Partner, Leigh Day

Sanja Strkljevic

Partner, Leigh Day

Matthew Huggett

Partner, Carbon Law

Mark Stapleton

Partner, Dechert LLP

Directors of Legal NGOs

Lynne Townley

Chair, Association of Women Barristers

Andrea Coomber

Director of JUSTICE

Gemma Abbott

Legal Director, Good Law Project

Barristers

Leon Fernando Del Canto

Abigail Penny 

Alexandra Tampakopoulos

Emma Sutton 

Frances Allen

Gus Baker

Hannah Thomas

Harry Bentley

James O'Hara

John Gimlette 

Joseph Byrne

Julia Needham

Kate Parker

Katrina Charles

 

Tim Goodwin

Briony Ballard

Anastasia O'Brien

Simon Spence

Claire McCann

Richard Gregory

Sophie Connors

Sally Bradley

Tasaddat Hussain

Drea Becker

Aneurin Brewer

Jenny Wigly

Harriet Williams

Andrew Colman

Ann Chavasse

Anna Medvinskaia 

Anna Tkaczynska 

Anthony Searle 

Leila Gaskin 

Lewis MacDonald

Matt Jackson

Merry Van Woodenberg 

Morayo Fagborun Bennett 

Neil Davy 

Paul Livingston

Rachel Spearing 

Reanne Mackenzie

Rebecca Erkan-Bax

Rebecca Major

Rebecca Sheldon

Jess Connors

Ailsa Mckeon

Henry King

Dr Raj Joshi

Nick Wayne

Adrienne Copithorne

Puneet Rai

Genevieve Moss

Rachel Law

Catherine Daly

Charlotte Proudman

Chris Gutteridge

Chris Milsom

Christopher Foulkes

Claire McCann

Declan O'Dempsey 

Eli Belegu

Elisabeth Traugott

Emma Dixon

 

Sara Anzani

Sarah Clarke 

Sarah Robson 

Sarah Simcock

Sebastian Naughton 

Shiraz Bhanji

Sophia Dower

Susanna Rickard

Lydia Pemberton

Jamila Hassan

Jan Doerfel

Nabila Mallick

Edward Craven

Desiree A A Artesi

Further Solicitors and Legal Executives

Amina Brooks

Camilla Rents

Martha O'Toole

Jeinsen Lam

Sam Bell

Katherine Wilkinson

Carol Day

Yara Ali-Adib

Rebecca Swan

Andrew Gray

Katherine Swinn

Lena-Marie von Eynern

Rachel Waller

Rachel Knight

Sian Davin

Nicole Blakey

Maria Laura Izzo

Hilda Fitzcompton

Lauren Evans

Alexandra Bishop

Hatti Suvari

Sima Ganatra

 

Nama Zarroug

Sinead Corrigan

Dominique Wilson

Lily Searle

Amrit Rana

Frankie Rhodes

Lucy Cadd

Charlotte Armstrong

Sophie Turner

Ella Cornish

Aleksandra Cebula

Charlotte Ray

Jackson Tree

Nicola Howlett

Mike Hunt

Genevieve Rich

Emma Satyamurti

Hannah Greene

Helen Midgley

Ayisha Akamo

Helen Greenfield

Connie Atkinson

Shauna Roberts

Matt Jackson

Eloise Preston

Lesia MacCormack

Rhiannon Bail

Lara Kennedy

Suzanne Akkawi

Anne Crowther

Benjamin Croft

Megan Hill

Zahra Nanji

Stephen Clarkson

Neave Maguire

Elliot Moore

Maria Bisila Torao

Mastane Williamson

Jessica Hunt

Mia Harrison

Sean O'Beirne

Olivia Stiles

Vitoria Nabas

In House Counsels

Lamley Sinclair

Solicitor, Sky

Bruce Breckenridge

General Counsel Corporate, BT

Susanna Speirs

Senior Legal Counsel, Unilever UK 

Andrew Jacobs 

Principal Lawyer, BT 

Alexa Segal

Principal Lawyer, BT

Jeff Langlands

General Counsel, Global, BT

Sian Gannon

Senior Legal Counsel, DHL Supply Chain

Catherine Soar

Principal Lawyer, BT 

Christina Hemmings

Principal Lawyer, BT

Belinda Bagge

Legal Director, BT

Richard Reid

Principal Legal Adviser

Russelll Johnstone

General Counsel, BT

Campaigners

Jude Kelly CBE

Founder, Women of the World Festival

 

Laura Bates BEM FRSL

Founder, Everyday Sexism Project

Pinky Leilani CBE DL

Founder and Chairman, Women of the Future

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