ELA Annual Lecture 2019: The First 100 Years of Women in Law – and the Second

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Thu, 28th Nov 2019
London - Grand Connaught Rooms (National)
Venue Address:
Live lecture:
- Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA
Video link locations

Aberdeen - Stronachs LLP, 28 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1YL
Birmingham - St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS
Bristol -Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Bolton - KBL Solicitors,
28 Mawdsley Street, Bolton, BL1 1LF
Bury St Edmunds - Greene & Greene, 80 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QB
Cardiff - Geldards LLP,
Dumfries House, Dumfries Place, Cardiff, CF10 3ZF
Chester - Ellis Whittam, Woodhouse, Church Lane, Aldford, Chester, CH3 6JD
Derby - Flint Bishop, St Michael's Court, St Michael's Lane, Derby, DE1 3HQ
Dublin - Mason Hayes & Curran, South Bank House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Edinburgh - Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, 1 Exchange Crescent
Conference Square, Edinburgh, EH3 8UL
Glasgow - Miller Samuel Hill Brown LLP, RWF House, 5 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 5EZ
Guernsey - Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, 12-14 New Street, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2PF
Jersey - Mourant Ozannes, 22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8PX
Leeds - Pinsent Masons LLP, 1 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5AB
Liverpool - Hill Dickinson LLP, 1 St Paul's Street, Liverpool, L3 9SJ
Manchester- Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB
Norwich -Ashtons, Trafalgar House, Meridian Way, Norwich, NR7 0TA
Nottingham - Nelsons Solicitors LLP,
Pennine House, 8 Stanford Street, Nottingham,NG1 7BQ
Oxford - Lewis Silkin LLP, King Charles House, Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1JD
Reading - Shoosmiths LLP, Apex Plaza, Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 1SH
Reigate - Kilgannon & Partners, 38-40 Bell Street Reigate Surrey RH2 7BA Swansea - Morgan LaRoche, Bay House, Phoenix Way, Swansea, SA7 9YT
Truro - Stephens Scown Solicitors, Osprey House, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1UT
York - Harrowells Limited, Moorgate House, Clifton Moorgate, York, YO30 4WY
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Event Type:
Annual Lecture
Live lecture: 6.30pm – 8.00pm followed by drinks reception;
Regional video links: 5.45pm to 6.30pm Networking, drinks and food 6.30pm to 8pm Lecture
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ELA Annual Lecture 2019: The First 100 Years of Women in Law – and the Second
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Fee: £40 + VAT for the live lecture in London. Regional video links are free to attend.

Our panel of speakers is confirmed as follows

Lucinda Acland, creator of the First 100 Years podcast series and co-author of the newly published book, ‘First:100 years of Women in Law.’

Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC (Hon)
Former Senior Partner of Simmons & Simmons LLP; Founder Chair and Life Vice President of ELA; Honorary Chair of EELA
Janet will give her personal reflections as the first female senior partner of a top 20 law firm and on women in the law, in particular how the workplace has changed in the course of her career.

Linden Thomas, President of Birmingham Law Society; Senior Lecturer and Solicitor at the University of Birmingham Law School
Linden will talk about The Law Society’s Women in Leadership in Law report and findings, the position of women solicitors and  initiatives in Birmingham to address the issues, including the Lost to the Law project.

Harini Iyengar, barrister at 11KBW; member of the Steering Group of Temple Women’s Forum and the Retention Panel of Bar Council Equality and Diversity Committee

Harini will speak the position of women at the bar and current initiatives to promote equality.

Chris Parke, Co-Founder and CEO of Talking Talent
Chris will summarise Talking Talent’s work on the state of working parenthood in the UK today. What do men want? What steps are progressive companies taking to address changing expectations?  What are the challenges?

Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings, Partners and Job-share Co-Heads of Digital Commerce, Advertising & Marketing, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Julia and Helen will talk about their personal experiences in their career trajectory, what they have learnt from job sharing in a senior position and how to encourage flexible working across your workforce.

The panel will be chaired by Jo Broadbent, Hogan Lovells International LLP and Chair of ELA Training Committee

Juliet Carp, Keystone Law and Chair of ELA will conclude with a vote of thanks.

ELA is live streaming this year’s Annual Lecture to locations across the UK, and to the Republic of Ireland. listed above. These are free to attend, but you will need to select the location you wish to attend when booking. If you would like to host a video link, then please contact charleym@elaweb.org.uk

This year's ELA annual lecture aims to celebrate the first 100 years of women in the law, while looking forward to see how the workplace needs to change for everyone over the next 100 years to allow gender equality to be fully realised.

We have come a long way since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 was passed. Women make up 48% of all lawyers in law firms and 37.4% of those at the bar. A panel on which women formed the majority heard a Supreme Court case for the first time in history in 2018.

Yet even in 2019 you see articles with titles such as "Can you be a mother and a senior law firm partner?" and women are underrepresented at partner and QC level.

Against that backdrop, research shows that fathers want more flexibility to balance their working and family life and are prepared to move jobs to get it. The government parental leave consultation launched in July recognises the role of parental leave for dads in helping to achieve gender equality.