Women in Law – South London Junior Lawyers

Monday, June 11th, 2018

On the 16 May 2018 a group of female solicitors, trainee solicitors and paralegals from Hanne & Co attended the South London Junior Lawyers’ Division ‘Women in Law’ event. The event was held at the London Bridge office of Anthony Gold Solicitors.

The Event provided an insight into what it means to be a ‘women in law’ by exploring the experiences of a panel of female solicitors. We heard from Francesca Kaye (Commercial Litigation Partner) from Russell-Cooke LLP, Eileen Pembridge (Senior Family Law Solicitor) from Bishop & Sewell, Jessica Standley (Personal Injury Associate) from Slater & Gordon Lawyers and our very own Grainne Fahy (Family Law Partner) from Hanne & Co.

The panel members discussed how they entered the legal profession after obtaining qualifications from a variety of universities. The panel members discussed how through hard work and determination they progressed in their legal careers. The panel members also discussed how they juggled being a wife and mother, including the benefits of part-time and flexible working.

Whilst this was interesting and encouraging to hear, what stood out was that the panel members did not consider themselves to have faced difficulty as a ‘women in law’. The question therefore asked was why we needed a ‘Women in Law’ event. Why were we not attending a ‘Solicitors in Law’ event instead?

Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Trainee solicitor – Hanne & Co