Christmas centenary for woman lawyers

23 Dec 2019

A century has now passed since women were permitted to qualify as lawyers, but despite “great progress” there is still a long way to go to achieve full gender equality in the law, according to the Law Society.

On 23 December 1919, the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act came into force lifting the bar on women entering the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions.

The Act also allowed women to sit on juries and become magistrates for the first time. 100 years on and half of practising solicitors today are women.

Philippa Sturt, managing partner at Joelson, commented: “[This 100th anniversary] is without a doubt an incredible landmark, which should serve as a reminder to celebrate the great wo...

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