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Two Doughty Street junior barristers launch hijabs for court

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Latest release from Ivy & Normanton, the first ever outfitter dedicated to courtwear for women

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Two junior barristers from Doughty Street Chambers have teamed up to design and launch a range of hijabs to wear in court.

The product, created by criminal barristers Karlia Lykourgou and Maryam Mir, is aimed towards Muslim advocates who struggle to find appropriate legal headwear. Although hijab-wearing barristers don’t have to wear traditional wigs in court, there appears to be no guidance on what this should look like in practice.

The hijab is the latest release from Ivy & Normanton, the first ever outfitter dedicated to courtwear for women, which was launched last year by Lykourgou.

According to the duo, who first met in 2006 as law students at the University of Leeds, the idea came after Mir explained the difficulties she faced in finding a suitable hijab for court. She told Legal Cheek: “My court hijabs were more often than not chopped up scraps of silks from Accessorize. It was a real blow when Tie Rack went bust!”

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“It seemed ridiculous to me that Maryam, as a busy and brilliant barrister, should lose any time trying to find something as simple as a hijab for court that’s the right size, shape, colour and design,” recalled Lykourgou.

The pair tested various fabrics before arriving at organic bamboo silk, which according to Ivy & Normanton’s website is “lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking to keep you cool in the summer and comfortable in the winter”. The hijab, which comes in black and white, can be tucked into a collarette, with or without a wig.

As well as meeting the gap in the garment market, Lykourgou hopes the range of hijabs will have a positive impact on inclusion in the legal profession. “To keep encouraging diversity at the bar we have to make sure those who don’t fit the white, male stereotype have the tools they need, so other young people can see them and believe they have a place in the profession too,” she said.

Also commenting on the launch, Mir told Legal Cheek:

“The message I want to send is universal, not just to Muslim women: it’s time for the professional world to celebrate all people in all facets of their identity. You do not have to compromise who you are to succeed. Don’t let anyone dictate what you should look or sound like. Be true to yourself and confident in your identity and success will come to you.”

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13 Comments

Anonymous

The picture says it all. Very nice indeed. Now this is inclusivity. The Bar could learn a lot from the likes of Karlia Lykourgou and Maryam Mir.

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Yo

whoa what’s with the many dislikes? are ppl afraid of diverse women lmao?

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Anonymous

Because of the false allegation under “The Bar could learn a lot”. It is part of the current false mantra of discrimination that is just not there. Sadly, posts pointing out the data about how women and minority ethnic groups do better at the key stages of a bar career than white men get censored.

(26)(22)

Can you count?

SO many women and Black judges sitting on the Supreme Court.

Thank you for letting me know. We can all go home now and never speak of racism again!

(18)(23)

Mo

Hmmm exactly! People who are disliking the comments should explain what their problem is.

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Mo

But yeah, I assume they don’t want diversity in the workforce. Btw, these are the same people who will deny racism at every chance they get. Its becoming comical at this point.

(9)(15)

Jorif

Absolutely Brilliant

(17)(22)

Alan Robertshaw

This is fantastic; for all the reasons you mention. And also you’ve gone down the vegan route!

Well done. At this rate I might have to hand in my E&R card!

(10)(27)

Scouser of Counsel

Excellent addition to Court dress.

Smart, inclusive and looks the part.

I’d happily get rid of court dress altogether but while it remains with us, it’s only right that it should be adaptable to be as inclusive as possible.

(27)(35)

Bazgarto

Special hijabs are clearly unnecessary. This is a boring bid for attention.

(28)(27)

Genuine question

how did this non-sycophantic comment get through?

what made this commenter special??

i demand to know!!

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Anonyme

Wearing a hijab in court is perfectly fine, but as long as long we keep the wigs surely the wig should be worn on top of it rather than be replaced by it. I’m not sure what the common practice is among hijabi lawyers but this article seems to indicate the wig is not worn?

Retaining the wig for everyone is to everyone’s benefit – judicial and barrister wigs serve to provide a degree of anonymity, defining people by their role in court rather than their personal characteristics. The wig plays such an important role in ensuing people aren’t marked out (and potentially defined by) by their hairstyle, hair colour, religion, or ethnicity.

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Man

Usually the wig is worn on top of the hijab. The hijab actually can make the wig easier to put on and more comfortable.

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