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Ladies in waiting - should Lord Chancellors now become Lady Chancellors? By Michael Beloff KC

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Michael Beloff KC found that, in law, women could be Garrick Club members. Should Lord Chancellors now become Lady Chancellors?

Some institutions move with the times. Others prefer to resist the tide. The Garrick Club has declined, so far, to take advantage of my recently revised opinion about accepting women into the club. I found that, in law, women were now eligible for membership. A similar debate is going on at Gray’s Inn, the Inn of Court where I am a Bencher. In February, the Benchers voted, unlike the Benchers of Lincoln’s Inn, to retain their title of Master. The other Inns of Court – Inner and Middle Temple – have yet to decide. The proponents of the change argue that abolition of the title would be a step towards making the bench more diverse, as well as assuaging the feelings of those offended by it. The opponents argue that such a step is superfluous – the Inns are already diverse – and that no offence could reasonably be caused...

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