Equality in the solicitor profession is moving closer with more than a third of law firms in England and Wales now estimated to be majority-owned by women.
In Chancery Lane the Law Society celebrated the day with a breakfast event “I Want Her Job” where attendees heard from a panel of women with very different experiences that led them to some fascinating careers.
The Law Society also held an evening event focused on women and firms who had made a bold change that had impacted equality positively. Attendees included deputy vice president Christina Blacklaws, Donna McCarthy, a partner at Devonshires, and Harini Iyengar who ran as a candidate for the Women's Equality Party.
Christina also chaired the Society's first internal Women's Network event to mark the occasion with panel members Farah Hussain, councillor for Valentines ward in the London Borough of Redbridge, Lauren West, campaigner for Muscular Dystrophy UK and Keily Blair, director at PwC Legal.
In Wales, the Society's International Women's Day event was chaired by Carolyn Kirby OBE, Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales and the first woman to be Law Society president. The panel members were Alys Carlton, Partner at Capital Law, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, Managing Partner at Agri Advisor and Nicola Williams, General Counsel and Company Secretary at D?r Cymru Welsh Water. The event celebrated the achievements of inspirational women lawyers from a variety of backgrounds and was attended by members from across Wales.
Together with their Women's Lawyers Division, the Law Society is committed to a range of measures to support career progression and satisfaction for women.