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About the event...


The Inspirational Women of the Law Exhibition is launched on Thursday 5th March after its sister event is held at Newcastle University. The event celebrates iconic and influential women of the law and aims to inspire the next generation of women and men by bringing together nine high-achieving yet diverse women who will speak about their experiences of working in and with the law. The speakers have a range of backgrounds including in the judiciary, politics, journalism, NGOs, charities and, of course, the legal profession. 


They are:  


  • Lady Hale: The only (ever) female member of the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court. Prior to being appointed to the judiciary Lady Hale was a law professor specialising in family law.



  • Vera Baird QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and former Solicitor-General for England and Wales. She was MP for Redcar in 2001-2010, and was Solicitor General from 2007-2010, and has particular expertise on the law and policy on violence against women. 


  • Pragna Patel, founder and director of Southall Black Sisters, a charity established in 1979 to campaign and support Black and Asian women escaping domestic violence and forced marriages. In 2011, Pragna was named as one of the Guardian Newspaper’s Top 100 Women. 


  • Fiona Bawdon, legal journalist and founder of Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, and previously deputy chair of the campaign group Women in Journalism.


  • Shauneen Lambe, barrister and campaigner, and founder of award-winning Just for Kids Law (with Aika Stephenson). In 2010, Shauneen was chosen as a World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader', and in June 2011 she was made a Shackleton Fellow. 


  • Cris McCurley, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell (which won Legal Aid Law Firm of the Year in 2014), a solicitor who specialises in representing women from BAME communities. In 2014, Cris was awarded Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society for work with victims of abuse and campaigning to save access to justice.  


  • Sanchita Hosali, Newcastle graduate, Deputy-Director at the British Institute of Human Rights and Sanchita is on the Board of Trustees of Rights of Women. 


  • Hilary Prescott, Partner at Covington, with over 20 years experience in the corporate and commercial field. She was awarded the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards for Investment Funds in 2013 (and was shortlisted for Investment Funds and Real Estate (2012 and 2014 respectively); it is an award honouring firms which ‘set the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across Europe’. 


  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and recognised as a Leading Junior in Legal 500.  Caoilfhionn specialises in prison law, children's rights and inquest work. She has represented clients on high profile Inquiries including the 7/7 inquiry and the Hillsborough Inquiry

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