The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) supports equitable briefing practices to ensure that solicitors and their clients are aware of, and use, the full resources of the Bar and that the opportunities for members are optimized. In particular, equitable briefing practices assist in ensuring the development and progression of women barristers.  The WABA recognizes that without the advancement of women at the bar the opportunities for women lawyers to be promoted to senior roles in the legal profession and in particular, to the judiciary, are limited.

The WABA has adopted a Model Briefing Policy that requires that barristers should be selected for their competency independently of their gender.  The WABA, while acknowledging that the selection of particular barristers is ultimately a matter for the client and instructing solicitors, is committed to ensuring that the Model Briefing Policy is understood by the legal profession.


Click here to download a copy of the Model Briefing Policy.