Trailblazing women in law – both past and present – were celebrated by Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC as she dedicated her speech at the Inns of Court Alliance for Women’s Celebration to their achievements.
The Attorney was the keynote speaker at the event which took place on June 27 2023 amongst the stunning backdrop of the Lincoln’s Inn gardens. She addressed more than 500 women, celebrating the achievements of the pioneering women over the past 100 years who have paved the way for women in the profession today.
The Attorney General said:
“Prior to 1919, women were barred from being professionals. Thankfully legislation was introduced to change that and within a few years, the legal profession began to change. By 1922, Dr Ivy Williams was called to the English bar and Carrie Morrison qualified as a solicitor – both landmark firsts.
“Over the years we have seen other trailblazers change the face of the legal profession. The world where judges, silks and pupil masters being dominated by men is disappearing. Diversity leads to better decisions, and this is something I have greatly benefited from in my own career.
“The Government Legal Department’s progress is an example that should be upheld. The Treasury Solicitor is a woman, and she is supported by three female Director Generals. GLD is also leading the way in diversity and closing the gender pay gap.
“It is vital that we hold the profession to account for their policies and foster a culture of mutual support – to make sure we secure meaningful change. That is why the Inns of Court Alliance for Women is so important.
“We are still celebrating the important milestone of 100 years of women in law, and I want to congratulate all the women in this great profession of ours who continue to change the legal landscape – for the benefit of us all.”