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Diversity training is not enough to encourage women and minority groups through the profession

One of the first ethnic minority muslim woman judges, Maryam Syed worked right up to the day she gave birth to her first child. Things must change for women in the profession, she says

11 July 2013

It had been a long day full of prison conferences with Barry George, the man who was to be convicted, then years later acquitted, of the murder of BBC TV presenter Jill Dando. I had been instructed to defend him before he was arrested. I was driving back from the station with my leader Michael Mansfield QC, we were discussing our conference when he suddenly changed subject, saying: "you should apply to be a judge you know, you would be really good at it." I replied that I was just under ten years call it was a bit early, "You will be one in ten years, I know it," he replied.

Well, just under ten years later I was standing in court one at the Old Bailey - where I had spent several months with Michael defending Barry George - and was duly sworn in as a Crown Court Recorder.

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Last month Lord Neuberger spoke about diversity and female rep...

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