Rolls Building court officials demanded £150 from a breastfeeding barrister when she needed to express milk on the premises.
The barrister, who wishes to remain anonymous, was told by court officials that she would have to pay a fee of £150 to hire a room (that's the equivalent cost of 4,050 baby wet wipes or 1,285 nappies). Her only other option to express milk for her mewling newborn would have been to hide away in a toilet cubicle.
The barrister was on maternity leave but was attending the Rolls Building as she had previously advised on a case that was being heard at the court. She was eventually provided a free room, when court officials realised it was unfair to milk the situation any longer (ROF apologises).
“This is neither Rolls Building nor wider HMCTS policy," a HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokeswoman told RollOnFriday. "We are very sorry for the effect this incident had and are clear that we need to provide private space for nursing mothers in our courts and tribunals on request."
The spokeswoman added that there are "free-to-use rooms for breastfeeding and pumping at the Rolls Building and have investigated what happened in this instance. We are speaking to those involved and, where necessary, will provide additional training to staff."
Latham lawyers may be able to provide training on a more progressive attitude to breastfeeding.