"...And I had to pay for the Post-it notes."
Female barristers are paid around 34% less than their male peers, a report from the Bar Council has revealed.
Female barristers earned an average of around £57,000 per annum in 2021, compared to the average salary of £86,000 for male barristers.
The gender pay gap has narrowed from 2020, when it stood at 39%, but Bar Council chairman, Mark Fenhalls KC said, "there remains a long way to go to close the earnings gap, particularly in the higher-earning practice areas."
The discrepancy was particularly notable in some areas, even where the gap has narrowed over the last couple of years: women barristers earned 51% less than their male peers in 2021 for commercial and financial services work (a marginal improvement from 57% in 2020); and for criminal work the gap was 35% in 2021 (compared with 38% in 2020).
The pay gap improved the most in employment law, as women earned 6% less than men in 2021 (compared with 16% in 2020). But it widened the most for immigration work - from a gap of 33% in 2020 to 38% in 2021.
Areas such as personal injury work showed little signs of improving: 53% in 2021 (comparable with 52% from 2020).
There were some areas where female barristers earned more than their male counterparts. For defamation work, women barristers earned around 36% more on average than men in 2021. And for family law, women who specialised in children's issues, earned 3% more than men , although men out-earned women by 43% for other family work.
The pay gap is more significant at the Bar than at commercial law firms, where women earn about 25% less than men. The average across British businesses overall is around 15%.
Fenhalls urged barrister chambers to ensure a "fair distribution of work, including briefing practices, marketing opportunities, and support for new barristers and those returning to the bar".
He also said a programme being introduced called "Modernising the Bar" (which may sound like a misnomer to some) was focused on "evidence-based and practical actions" to tackle inequalities.