The Supreme Court Judge, Lord Sumption, has provoked a substantial debate on his comments regarding women reaching the higher echelons of the Judiciary.

One of the most pertinent ripostes has been from distinguished QC, Dinah Rose: To see him say that it is women's....reluctance to work long hours, that is the barrier to women reaching the top ranks of the judiciary suggests there are no structural barriers impeding women’s professional progress.’

Indeed.

As an esteemed historian as well as a Judge, Lord Sumption, should perhaps have referred to the struggles faced by women to ensure gender equality at all levels and in all professions.

Look out for Byfield's Insight Report on social mobility in the legal sector, launching next month, which will be addressing issues like this.