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Leading ladies head Faculty "100 years of women in law" event

23 August 2019

Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court, and Lord Justice Clerk Lady Dorrian head a lineup of top speakers next month in a special celebration by the Faculty of Advocates to mark 100 years of women in the law.

Faculty is bringing together a number of eminent women who have made significant contributions to equality, as it marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.

Open to lawyers and non-lawyers, the free event will take place on the afternoon of Friday, 20 September, in Parliament House, Edinburgh, from 12.30-5pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Those able to secure tickets will hear:

  • Lady Hale, first female judge in the UK's highest court and current President of the UK Supreme Court
  • Lady Dorrian, the first female High Court prosecutor and first female Lord Justice Clerk
  • Lady Cosgrove, the first woman to be appointed a Court of Session and High Court judge
  • Lady Wolffe, the first woman to serve as a judge in the Commercial Court
  • Frances McMenamin QC, currently the senior woman at the Scottish bar, having been admitted in 1985
  • Ash Denham, MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Community Safety
  • Faculty members Nicola Gilchrist and Ann MacNeill.

Angela Grahame QC, Vice Dean of Faculty, commented: “Since 1919, remarkable changes have taken place in both society generally and the legal profession. This centenary year is an opportunity for us all to reflect on those changes, but also to look forward positively to the next 100 years.

“I look forward to welcoming everyone to what will be a very special event hosted by the Faculty. With so many of my own heroes coming together to share their personal experiences of life in the legal profession, I have no doubt that it will be a highly entertaining and very enjoyable occasion.”

Click here for full details, and to register. 

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