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…

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Book review: Women’s Legal Landmarks – Celebrating the History of Women and Law in the UK and Ireland

A fantastic review Women’s Legal Landmarks – Celebrating the History of Women and Law in the UK and Ireland (Edited by Erika Rackley and Rosemary Auchmuty) by Committee Member, Elaine O’Connor. It was difficult as a lawyer, and certainly a female lawyer, in 2019 to be oblivious to the fact that it was a somewhat…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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