The former judge said her uncompromising stance on women’s rights may have put her at a disadvantage during her first try for the position
Baroness Hale of Richmond claims she may have missed out on becoming Supreme Court president on her first attempt because she is a “feminist”.
The trailblazing former judge said her uncompromising stance on women’s rights may have put her at a disadvantage against her opponent, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, who beat her to the position in 2012.
She was one of the two longest serving Law Lords when she applied and was finally elected on her second attempt in 2017, becoming the first woman to head the UK’s highest court. She served until her retirement in 2020.
Her comments come after claims that she had a row with a fellow justice in the run up to the contest and consequently was seen as overly sensitive by colleagues.
‘Touchy’ and not ‘suitable’
Baroness Hale was said to have “taken offence” to a comment by Nicholas Wilson, a former Supreme Court justice, which led to another colleague describing her as “touchy” and perhaps not a “suitable” president.
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