We’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Mennie, one of the newest members of our team, and the solicitor who will run our newly launched sexual harassment legal service.
In this blog, Sarah tell us about working at the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, her expertise in human rights and discrimination law, and her experience working with victims/survivors of sexual violence.
Can you tell us more about the work you were doing before joining the SWRC?
I have joinedthe Scottish Women’s Rights Centre from the Government Legal Department in London, where I worked as an employment lawyer for more than 3 years. During that time, I represented various government departments before the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals, I provided legal advice, and developed and delivered training on a range of issues, including discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing.
I moved to London after completing my legal training with a private practice firm in Glasgow, where I first specialised in employment law and developed my experience in discrimination law.
Ahead of that, I gained an LLM in International Human Rights Law. I also worked as a paralegal for a year in the field of immigration asylum law, and completed various internships in human rights law, including with the UN Human Rights Council.
What drew you to the Scottish Women's Rights Centre?
I’ve always been passionate about women’s rights and improving access to justice: I have volunteered with SWRC partner organisation Rape Crisis Scotland, working on their national helpline supporting survivors of sexual violence. I have also given my time to the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and to the BPP Employment Law Telephone Advice Line, providing pro bono legal advice to members of the public. I was also familiar with several of the team at JustRight Scotland from a past internship working with vulnerable women and children, so I knew that the people I would be working with were experts in this field.
What are your main areas of expertise and what will you be doing at the SWRC?
I will bring my expertise in employment law, human rights and working with women affected by violence to my role as the specialist sexual harassment solicitor for the Centre.
I will be launching the SWRC’s sexual harassment service and look forward to working directly with women who have been affected by sexual harassment because, despite its prevalence in society, there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of sexual harassment and what can be done about it, and there are no other services like this in Scotland. I am really looking forward to working with others to raise awareness and work to change public opinion about this issue.