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Children’s book starring Lady Hale to hit shelves next month

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Will it feature her now-famous spider brooch? 🕷️

A long-awaited children’s book based on the life of Lady Hale, the UK Supreme Court’s first female president, is to be published next month.

Equal To Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court tells the story of Ama, a young girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns about the work of the court and how another girl from her hometown went on to become its most senior judge.

Throughout the illustrated book, published by Legal Action Group (LAG), an independent charity promoting access to justice for all members of society, readers discover more about Hale’s fascinating life — from school to university and on to becoming the UK’s most senior judge.

LAG says it “highlights some important cases judge Brenda was faced with and explains how judges make difficult decisions and teaches children about fairness, justice and how the law can be used for good and to protect us all.”

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The book, which is available to pre-order now, is written by barrister turned broadcaster Afua Hirsch and illustrated by artist Henny Beaumont. Unfortunately, Legal Cheek can confirm Hale’s now-famous spider brooch, which she wore yesterday when delivering the Supreme Court’s prorogation judgment, fails to make an appearance.

A crowdfunding campaign, launched by LAG, raised in excess of £11,500 to cover the book’s creation and production costs. Equal To Everything is out next month.

This isn’t the first time the Supreme Court has graced the pages of a children’s book. The Supreme Court: A guide for bears, produced by court artist Isobel Williams, sees two unnamed teddies introduce readers to the court and its role within the legal system.

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26 Comments

Anonymous

So stunning, so brave.

Anonymous

Alright LC commenters, hit this thoroughly wholesome story with the best you’ve got.

Scouser of Counsel

Looks lovely.

I’ll be getting my daughter a copy and hope it inspires her.

2:06 you asked for it

Perfect; some more leftwing brainwashing to remind my white, heterosexual (I believe), able-bodied, and reasonably middle-class son that society’s biggest focus now is ensuring he enjoys no success in life whatsoever.

Cambridge LLB

Move to America. Or Asia. Or Russia. This trash doesn’t fly there.

White man (sorry)

America is the spiritual home of ‘progressive’ identity politics…

Lucinda Dore Solicitor

Very excited by this…

Cambridge LLB

No thank you.

Lol

Doesn’t Cambridge offer BA in law, not LLB?

All White Supreme Court

Are they going to illustrate what sexual harassment is in the profession and what women should do if it happens to them?

R

And will it illustrate the fact much ‘sexual harassment’ consists of complaining about ‘sexual harassment’?

All White Supreme Court

You must be very worried about where your letter of apology to the women you harassed at work has ended up

R

See, false accusations are very common.

Raymond

If I place my hand on the shoulder of a trainee as I explain a research task to her, is that sexual harassment? What if I glance at her cleavage when she wears that cute little low cut top of hers? What if I trawl through her Instagram photos (without liking any or following her, so as far as she knows I have done nothing)?

It is hard to know where the line should be drawn.

Belle

I think any form of touching without consent could be perceived to be sexual harassment. I would just avoid touching others at work, except for handshakes which I think are fine (unless you prolong the handshake deliberately).

I think the eyes drifting a little is natural and cannot be avoided. However, if you continue to stare at the cleavage for longer than what could be described as a “mere glance” then that would be inappropriate.

I see no issue in looking at a colleague’s Instagram photos. However, if you are not close to that individual it is probably best not to start liking their 2016 bikini (or speedo) photos from Mallorca.

Anonymous

I don’t think any form of touching without consent could rightly be described as ‘sexual harassment’, it really depends on the circumstances.

Anonymous

“Cute little low cut top”? You sound delightful and the locus classicus of the pervy boss. Based on the tone of your comment, I can say with a degree of confidence that, yes, each of the three things you identify, when done by you, constitutes sexual harassment. You should stop it.

Anonymous

He didn’t say he was her boss. A lot depends on the shoulder. In the majority of cases touching someone’s shoulder wouldn’t be sexual harassment as it wouldn’t be sexual.

Anonnnon

It’s incredible how supposedly well-educated professionals need to be told not to act like idiots or to assume women are okay with being touched because it’s just ‘friendly’.

Toddlers can manage boundaries. Why not barristers and solicitors?

Anonymous

Not all women or men object to being touched though. For a lot of people, touching is part of interacting with other humans. Toddlers learn to express themselves, so should professionals instead of arguing that just because they don’t like something then nobody else is allowed to.

Lara

For years there was a perception among elite professionals in the legal industry that women were somehow lesser than men. Prior to this wonderful new Hale era women would be judged where men would not and it could really hinder their careers. I remember one woman, one of the finest legal minds I have ever encountered, was ridiculed and told that she was “not behaving like a lady” when she let it be known she enjoyed anal. A woman is just as entitled to enjoy certain sexual preferences as a man would be, and she should not be judged negatively because of it. That should not have defined her, but the horrible men wouldn’t let it slip. Disgusting.

Garth Curtains

The men wouldn’t let it slip. As the actress said to the bishop.

Baffled Goose

Why on earth would she tell that to her peers? It is simply inappropriate. Under what circumstances is it acceptable to tell such a thing to those you work with?

Legal Officer with a 2.ii

Indeed, it would be possible for others who heard the anal remark to report her for sexual harassment.

It’s not unreasonable to want to get on with work at work and not have to hear how proud someone is to enjoy anal sex.

Phrew

You would be amazed how many barristers are incredibly proud when a non-obese woman agrees to go out with them for a free dinner and how they want to make sure EVERYONE knows

Anonymous

That’s because, deep down, many barristers are intensely insecure, and probably weren’t hugged much as children.

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