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Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law

Southampton Law School has launched the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law (SCC), thanks to a generous donation from Southampton Law School alumnus, Mr Stefan Cross QC. The purpose of the Centre is to raise awareness of discrimination against women and girls, investigate the causes of this discrimination and seek effective solutions.

The SCC will provide a space to research the structural, societal, legal and regulatory issues associated with gender discrimination from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The research seeks to better understand the roots of the phenomenon, raise awareness about it and find more effective ways to address it. We will disseminate the research through a variety of channels, including academic publications and government consultation processes, in order to inform policy, drive change and ultimately help to reduce discrimination.

Launch of the Stefan Cross Centre

The recent launch of the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law

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Inaugural lecture - Myths and Legends of Equal Pay

Myths and Legends of Equal Pay- Inaugural lecture

Date: 15 November 2018
Time: 18:45
Location Murray Lecture Theatre, Building 58, Highfield Campus
Speaker Mr Stefan Cross, QC

Stefan Cross QC (LLB (Law), 1982) is recognised as one of the UK’s leading employment lawyers; his pioneering equal pay litigation has changed the legal landscape. He has secured compensation for thousands of women in local authorities across Britain who had been paid less than men in equivalent roles, first on behalf of trade unions and later establishing the first practice to take employment cases on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. In 2013 he was appointed as an Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC) in recognition of his contribution to pay equality, one of only a small number of solicitors to be awarded this venerable distinction. A committed supporter of the University, he is currently funding gender discrimination law activity at Southampton.

Registration for this event is highly recommended. You can register here.

Seminar Series - Achieving work-life balance and career progression in the legal profession

Wednesday, 24th of October – 15:00-16:30h (refreshments will be offered after the seminar)
Speaker: Ms Simone Ritchie, Property Litigator, Consultant Solicitor at Woodstock Property Law and listed in 'The legal 500' as one of the best property solicitors in the country

Synopsis: Achieving good career progression and work-life balance tends to be challenging in the legal profession. In this seminar Simone Ritchie will share her personal experiences on how to successfully juggle work and family life.

Room: Building 58, Room 1065, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
All welcome. Register for event here

Seminar Series - The potential impact of Brexit on gender equality in the field of employment: an interdisciplinary perspective

Wednesday, 5th of December - 16:00-17:30h (refreshments will be offered after the seminar)
Speakers: Dr Ania Zbyszewska, Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (Law School); Dr Julie MacLeavy (tbc), Reader at the University of Bristol (Geographical Sciences School).

Synopsis: In this seminar Dr Julie MacLeavy will discuss the potential impact of Brexit on gender equality from a general and interdisciplinary perspective, whereas Dr Ania Zbyszewska will specifically focus on its potential consequences as regards working-time and work-life balance regulation.

Room: Building 54, Room 7033, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

All Welcome. Register for seminar here.

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