International Women’s Day 2019

As part of International Women’s Day 2019, we asked people from across our firm to give us their thoughts on what it’s like to be a woman working in law today.

With 2019 marking the centenary of women joining the profession, colleagues from across the UK Top 100 law firm have shared their thoughts and experiences alongside female contemporaries from Interleges, the international legal network that Royds Withy King helped to set up.

Their feedback paints a picture of how much the sector has evolved, yet also touches on how the profession is progressing in relation to equality.

What does it mean to be a woman in law today?

Ellen Goodland

Hannah Butcher

What are the challenges for women working in law today?

Soha Abdelaziz – Egypt

Rishi Ladwa

Tim Gofton

How do you think the legal industry for women has progressed since your time in the profession?

Tracy Norris-Evans

Elaine McGrath Rep. Ireland

Jasmine Mahboobani

What advice would you give to women starting out in the legal industry today?

Charlotte Webb

Cynthia TrenchUAE

Laura Yuill

Amanda Dow, Director of HR at Royds Withy King, said: “Once again we are proud to support International Women’s Day, which this year is calling for a more gender-balanced world.

“We’re discussing some of the experiences and reflections of women working in law today as part of our focus in supporting the broader diversity agenda.

“We know how important this is for our business to grow in a sustainable way and the positive impact it has on our people and clients, especially when it comes to thinking ahead and anticipating what’s next as lawyers ahead of the curve.

“We’re also supporting the centenary celebrations of women in law by acknowledging women’s achievements in the profession, not just here but globally too. We were a founding member of the Interleges international network of independent law firms, so including the views of women in law from elsewhere in the world with our campaign further enriches our perspective.”

The first known International Women’s Day event was held in 1909 and has gathered significant momentum over more than a century, drawing attention to women’s achievements and contributions to the economic, political and social agendas of the day – as well as championing women’s rights.

Throughout Friday 8 March, all Royds Withy King colleagues are being encouraged to attend lunch-time events with female speakers being held across its offices in Bath, Swindon, Oxford and London.

Who are our ‘Women Ahead of the Curve’?