Alison Padfield QC

I’ve been at the Bar since the early 1990s. Women weren’t allowed to wear trousers in court – but it was almost impossible to buy black trouser suits anyway. It was almost ten years before I had an LGBT+ colleague who was open at work – and then only one, for a long time. There is still work to do, but I’ve sensed real change at the Bar in the last few years and I’m optimistic about the future. I want to be a visible ally so that people thinking about coming to the Bar or taking a job in chambers know that the Bar is changing.