December 2019 celebrates 100 years of women practising in the law. This was thanks to the Sex Disqualification (removal) Act on 23 December 1919. The 1919 Act was a culmination of over 40 years campaigning by women to enter the legal profession. The day after the act was passed Helena Normanton became the first woman in England and Wales to join the Inns of Court.
Here at Hart Jackson’s we are proud to have continued the hard-won progress of these legal pioneers. Gender equality is vital in providing a solid, positive platform for the future. Women embarking on a career in the law should expect accessible and equal opportunities. Two of our partners, Alana Faal and Naomi Marczak, joined the firm as trainee solicitors and have successfully progressed into the role of partners.
Continuing the celebration, we are pleased to make two announcements. We are happy to introduce Deborah Brownson MBE who will be joining our Litigation Department. We would also like to congratulate our Victoria Logan who has recently begun her training contract with a view to qualifying as a solicitor in May 2021.
We are grateful to the pioneers, reformers and influences such as Helena Normanton who paved the way for today’s women lawyers.