For the first time in Irish legal history more female lawyers than male have been added to the ranks of senior counsel.
Twenty women and 14 men made the latest list of lawyers to be granted “patents of precedence”.
Patents are granted by the Government on the advice of an advisory committee which includes the presidents of the superior courts and the Attorney General.
The committee does not distinguish between applicants’ genders when making recommendations.
However, senior counsel lists have historically been dominated by male lawyers, in part due to a higher number of applications from men.
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