Her Bar was founded in 2021 by then pupil barristers Nasreen Shah and Rachel Bale. It is a bespoke multi-purpose platform designed to follow and support the trajectory of a woman barrister’s career. At Her Bar, we provide original curated content, advice and resources in order to help support genuine issues women barristers continue to face including topics such as financial difficulties, work allocation, preparing for career breaks, harassment, menopause at work, applying for silk etc…
However, most importantly, Her Bar creates a community of women, who share the same profession and same issues and a space for them to ask and receive support and guidance, through our ‘Members’ area.
Her Bar’s goal is to become the platform for aspiring and practising female barristers, as a go-to place for all information, resources and support required to help entry, building and progression in the profession.
We collaborate with existing networking groups and organisations who have space to promote their events, products and initiatives, all with the aim of promoting gender parity at the Bar. Her Bar is a female-led company created by women barristers for women barristers.
Nasreen is a Barrister at Great James Street Chambers, practicing in crime, family and extradition. Nasreen has a keen interest in women's rights, having specialised early on in her career. She has worked across four continents with international NGOs, has spearheaded women's rights campaigns and worked on legislative changes within the UK, and abroad.
Nasreen is a supporter of the Centre for Women's Justice, a committee member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, and an advisory panel member at Inside Justice.
Prior to joining the Bar, the former Fulbright Scholar from Luxembourg was a legal adviser for a specialist domestic violence NGO and worked as a judicial assistant to Judge Turkovic at the European Court of Human Rights.