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.



Tuesday 26 January 6.30pm – Online Zoom Event – Meet the Experts Part 1: Fed up with being a solicitor or barrister – how about a swap of profession? Here are two professionals who did just that

Dear members, we hope you and your families are well. In light of current circumstances, our usual events are on pause until further notice. We are working hard to come up with new ideas to educate and entertain during lock down. We do hope you understand.


The latest from AWS London

  • Linda Lee

    Linda Lee – Consultant at  Radcliffes Le Brasseur and Legal Chair/Assessor of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Linda was admitted in 1994 and now specialises  in disciplinary and regulatory work. She is a past and only the third female President of The Law Society  and has been Council Member for Leicestershire & Northamptonshire since 2003.…

  • New Publication Launch- Legal Women

    AWS London is delighted to welcome the launch of the new publication, Legal Women.  Legal Women is a quarterly publication for everyone interested in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, a critical issue for all business, from private practice to legal departments in industry.  Edited by distinguished former Chair of the Association, and former co-editor of its Centenary Newsletter, Coral Hill, it…

  • University of Leeds – Gender Pay Gap Research

    The Gender Pay Gap in the Legal, Financial and Professional Sectors- Call for  Research Participants The Univserty of Conducting doctoral research into the gender pay gap within the legal sector and the wider professional services. The research hopes to understand the complexities of gender pay gaps focussing on sociological factors that may impede women’s career development…

  • 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…