AWS London is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community for women lawyers. We promote 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.
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


Ordinary membership is open to all women solicitors. Associate membership includes all women paralegals, legal executives, legal professionals, lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions, barristers and students of the law.


AWS London regularly respond to SRA Consultations. Click here to see all of our recent responses.



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The latest from AWS London

  • Book review: Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court

    The perfect read for children ‘Equal to Everything’ written by Afua Hirsch and Henny Beaumont. Reviewed by Christl Hughes, Committee Member.                                                ISBN 978 1 912273 485 This picture book aimed at 7 to 8 year olds and published to celebrate Lady Hale’s retirement aims to inspire all members of next generation to believe they can…

  • Book Review: Career Management for Lawyers by Rachel Brushfield

    Not another book by a Career Coach! Yes but this one is a bit different. Despite the title the book is mainly aimed at solicitors and in my view more at women then men in that for example the majority of the Role Models featured are female and there is good and  realistic coverage of …

  • Kim Beatson

    Kim Beatson

    Partner and Head of Family Department, Anthony Gold My first experience of legal practice was when I joined a trade union firm and commenced my “articles” in 1982. It was a different world. We were not computerised. Tippex on letters was a normal thing. Briefs to counsel were always tied with pink ribbon and documents…

  • Baroness Sally Hamwee

    Baroness Sally Hamwee

    Baroness Sally Hamwee is currently Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Home Affairs in the House of Lords. “Are you going to be a solicitor like your father?” was enough to deter me until I had to think seriously about a career, and realised the Law would provide all sorts of opportunities.  It didn’t occur to me…

  • Madeleine Heggs

    Madeleine Heggs

    Nominated as an AWS London role model by Jennifer Fowler Madeleine Heggs qualified as a solicitor in 1955, set up her own practice and was the first woman and first practising solicitor to be appointed a Social Security Commissioner. Jennifer has nominated her stating, “I first met Madeleine in 1979 and worked closely with her…

  • I. Stephanie Boyce

    I. Stephanie Boyce

    Director of Stephanie Boyce Consulting Limited Nominated by Eunice Shang-Simpson, Council Member. Stephanie was admitted to the roll in 2002, and has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation. Stephanie holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, UoL. Stephanie has spent most of…

  • Elizabeth Cruickshank

    Nominated by Coral Hill. “I first met Elizabeth Cruickshank when she was editor of Link, the magazine for the national AWS. During my time as AWS London Chairwoman I got to know her well, when she helped to create our very first online newsletter. As our editor, Elizabeth established the format of the newsletter, which…

  • Eileen Pembridge

    Eileen Meredith Pembridge

    Nominated by Margaret Hatwood, AWS Committee Member After my degree at Newnham studying Chemistry, Physics and Biochemistry, then a year’s Russian, I took a Diploma in Russian and French at Bath. Using these skills, I worked in Vienna as a scientific translator for the International Atomic Energy Authority then other UN agencies. I then embarked…

  • Christina Blacklaws

    Christina Blacklaws

    Past President of the Law Society I am the Immediate Past President of the Law Society of England and Wales. [As of April 2020]. I originally specialised in representing some of the most vulnerable children in our society. In the mid-2000s I set up my own law firm which I grew to be the largest…

  • Alexandra Marks

    Alexandra Marks CBE

    Nominated by Virginia Cannon, AWS London Vice Chair 2019-2020 I am nominating Alexandra Marks as a Role Model for AWSL as I believe she is an outstanding example of what lawyers can achieve in the modern world, whilst remaining thoroughly rounded people and without sacrificing their humanity.  She has combined a very successful professional and…