Who we are
AWS London is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community for women lawyers. A key theme is promoting a community of lawyers who are relaxed and open so that we can support each other in our careers.

AWSL has been established for many years and is well-recognised by all the major government and regulatory bodies. We liaise with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, the Judicial Appointments’ Commission, The Law Society and so on. We provide a completely independent voice.

 

Become a member
Membership is for
  • Solicitors

  • Paralegals

  • Students

  • Trainees intending to become solicitors

Associate membership includes
  • Other women working in the law

  • Legal executives

  • Barristers

  • Judges

  • Lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions

Chronology

1919          Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act given royal assent, enabling women to qualify as solicitors for the first time.

1922          Carrie Morrison becomes the first woman to qualify as a solicitor.

1923          Carrie Morrison and others forms the beginnings of an association for women solicitors.

1969          Original association formally changes its name to ‘The 1919 Club – The Association of Women Solicitors’ and later simply ‘The Association of Women Solicitors’.

1992          Number of women solicitors increased sufficiently for a London branch to be created. First meeting of the London branch takes place at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair.

2013          Law Society sets up its own women lawyers group and the national AWS is disbanded save for two branches, the London branch and the Manchester branch.

2015          AWS (London) successfully nominates first honorary QC (Camilla Palmer of Yess Law).

2016          AWS (London) successfully nominates second honorary QC (Sara Chandler of London South Bank University).

We promote and support women’s interests in the legal profession

We provide a forum for members’ achievements on our website and newsletter

We enable professional development through educational events, networking, social and mentoring opportunities