Spain to introduce gender self-identification in gender recognition reform

A draft law has been approved by the Spanish government that would let children as young as 14 change their legal gender with no medical diagnosis.

Published 30 June 2021

Scotland’s legal profession ‘has to change’, says First Minister

Scotland's legal profession "has to change" to reflect the progressive values it promotes in society, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said in an interview with her alma mater.

Published 10 December 2020

England: Children’s access to puberty blockers restricted in transgender healthcare case

The UK's only gender identity clinic for under-18s has lost a high-profile High Court battle over whether under-16s can consent to treatment with puberty blockers.

Published 2 December 2020

Permission granted for judicial review of act’s definition of ‘woman’

An organisation seeking judicial review of the Scottish ministers' definition of "woman" in an act has been granted permission to proceed by the Court of Session.

Published 21 October 2020

Gender recognition reform taking place ‘under the radar’ across Europe

New analysis suggests that gender recognition reform in a number of European jurisdictions has "taken place with minimal public scrutiny", according to MurrayBlackburnMackenzie.

Published 7 May 2020

Blog: Shifting sands on the definition of ‘woman’ in Scots law

Dr Kath Murray, Lisa Mackenzie and Lucy Hunter Blackburn highlight some concerns between gender representation legislation and consistency with the Equality Act.

Published 21 April 2020

The Next 100 Years: New national project to take action on equality for women in law

The team behind the First 100 Years has launched its latest project, The Next 100 Years, dedicated to achieving equality for women in law.

Published 3 March 2020

Services to protect women and girls gain £1m from Scottish government fund

Services to protect women and girls from gender-based violence will receive an extra £1 million this year with the launch of a £13m fund.

Published 27 February 2020

England: Most women lawyers ‘have experienced inappropriate comments’ from men

Some 58 per cent of women in the legal profession say they or women they work with have experienced inappropriate comments from male colleagues relating to their gender, new research has found.

Published 17 February 2020

Misgendering trans people not protected as philosophical belief, tribunal rules

The belief that sex is "biologically immutable" and transgender people should be treated and referred to as the sex they were assigned at birth is not a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010, a tribunal has ruled.

Published 20 December 2019

Draft bill on changing gender recognition rules out for consultation

The minimum age for an application to obtain legal recognition of gender would be reduced from 18 to 16 and a new offence of false application would be created under proposed legislation.

Published 17 December 2019

Tamar Tammes: How can focus on gender balance pay real dividends for your business?

Taking gender concerns seriously can be a commercial boon to companies, explains Tamar Tammes.

Published 3 December 2019

Media coverage of female athletes will increase girls’ interest in sport, claim advisers

Putting women and girls in the spotlight is one of the goals set out in a new report aiming to increase participation in sport and physical activity across Scotland.

Published 3 October 2019

All welcome to Law Society of Scotland debate on positive discrimination in the profession

The Law Society of Scotland is hosting a debate to mark its 70th anniversary and 100 years of women in law.

Published 26 September 2019