A recent congress of the
federation, held in Bilbao, saw Professor Chandler elected to the position of 2nd
Vice President. According to the federation's rules of succession, she will
take over as President of the organisation in 2017, becoming the first woman to
hold the role in the organisation's 25 year history. Professor Chandler's election
shatters a European glass ceiling and opens the way for female lawyers to
participate more widely in leadership roles across the profession.
The Federation of European Bar
Associations is a professional organisation bringing together Europe's local
law societies and national bar associations. It supports lawyers' rights and their
freedom to act without undue interference from government. It was founded in
1992, when the Presidents of thirty major bar associations signed a charter to
work together to discuss and debate issues commonly faced by European lawyers
and to give individual lawyers the opportunity to learn from their international colleagues.
Professor Chandler is a housing
solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant law. She works in LSBU's Legal
Advice Clinic, which provides free advice to members of the public in areas of
social welfare law, particularly in housing, employment, social security and
debt. Second year law students from LSBU work as volunteers in the clinic,
assisting members of the public with legal research and advice, supervised by Professor Chandler and other Law Department staff.
Commenting on her election,
Professor Chandler said: "The Federation of European Bar Associations is a
hugely important organisation for the legal profession, particularly at a time
when European issues and politics feature high on the news agenda. I am looking
forward to representing my colleagues across Europe and working with them to
ensure the standing of the legal profession in Europe continues to grow."