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Standing proud

It is reassuring to know the Bar will, even without a clear mandate, stand shoulder to shoulder alongside their solicitor colleagues

3 July 2015

The last weekend of June saw Pride in London and in many cities around the world. The legal profession joined the annual pageant from Baker Street to Whitehall.

Maybe it was the glorious sunshine, or that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) had only the day before made it possible for every American in a same-sex relationship to marry their partner (see page 10) but, whatever it was, the capital was in a jubilant mood. It was time for a party.

As I wrote in SJ 159/23, Pride has for a long time been a show of protest and a call for recognition. Now it is a show of unity, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what we do. It is a powerful symbol of the power of togetherness and one that continues to make international headlines.

This in mind, I considered whether it is time for the profession to take more pride in itself and to share in the infectious unity that I...

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