Lawyer of the Week: Phillippa Kaufman – Interview by Linda Tsang

Phillippa Kaufman, of Doughty Street Chambers, acted for a transsexual convicted killer who was born a man but has had her womanhood recognised by law and her birth certificate amended. The High Court ruled that she be transferred to a woman’s prison.

What were the main challenges in this case and the possible implications?

The main challenge was prejudice, of which happily the judge displayed none. Her case was overwhelming: she is, as a matter of law, a woman for all purposes yet no other woman presenting her risk would be held in the male estate.