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Raise The Bar and Legal News Wales hosted the first in a new series of virtual talks dedicated to highlighting the challenges facing women at the Bar, as well as other women in law, with this first event focusing on barriers to a diverse profession.

Our one hour session covered the experiences of barristers and solicitors in Wales, specifically the experiences of BAME women and transgender women forging their careers in the legal sector.

Our first event with Raise The Bar focused on Diversity in Law and was live-streamed in November 2021. You can watch the recording, below.

While tailored for the Bar, these events may also be of interest to solicitors, law students, paralegals, CILEX Lawyers and other women facing the same challenges in the legal sector in Wales and beyond.

What to expect

Our panel of speakers will share own experiences of diversity, how it has affected their careers and what more can be done collectively and individually to promote diversity within the profession.


  • Trish d’Souza, Solicitor, Capital Law & Chair of the Cardiff & District Law Society ‘BAME & Friends’ subcommittee (profile)
  • Crash Wigley, Pupil Barrister, Civitas Law (profile)
  • Adriana Rodriguez, Founder of Raise the Bar
  • Chaired by Emma Waddingham, Editor, Legal News Wales.

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About Raise the Bar

Raise The Bar is a group that aims promote diversity within the legal profession, celebrate the achievements of women, and to educate young people everywhere about life at the Bar in Wales.

Raise The Bar is the brainchild of Cardiff University Law graduate Adriana Rodriguez. Whether you’re considering a career at the Bar or already practising, Raise The Bar seeks to provide a forum that addresses old and new questions about life as a female barrister and Judge. The group is based in Wales but aims to support counsel and Bar students across England and Wales.

Rodriguez hopes the group ‘will be a group where anyone can receive honest advice from women at the Bar. It is a melting pot of ideas and information which are readily shared for the benefit of all’.

The group seeks to pool the knowledge and experience of women in practise and create a go-to group for honest advice and mentorship.

Legal News Wales is delighted to collaborate with the group on this special series of events and forums.

Who might be interested in the series?

While this event focuses on diversity, the concepts and discussion should be of interest to everyone at the Bar and in the wider legal sector, so we hope that a broad range of legal professionals will be keen to attend to hear what the challenges are and how we might help create a more inclusive, open and vibrant legal sector in Wales.

You can follow Raise the Bar on Twitter and on Facebook.

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Emma Waddingham

Emma Waddingham

Editor, Legal News

Emma Waddingham is the Editor & Founder of Legal News. She is a seasoned legal editor and journalist and experienced marketing & events consultant, working almost exclusively with the UK legal sector.