These podcasts were created from a series of public lectures entitled The First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire – a Centenary Celebration sponsored by Oliver Fisher Solicitors and the Centre for Law and Culture at St Mary’s University Twickenham. They record the personal stories of the women who tried to join the legal profession pre-1919 and those who went on to practise law after 1919.
Women in Law
- Joyce Bamford-Addo
- Marion Billson
- Jill Black
- Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
- Eugenia Charles
- Lynda Clark
- Freda Corbet
- Coomee Rustom Dantra
- Leeona Dorrian
- Heather Hallett
- Frene Ginwala
- Rosalyn Higgins
- Daw Phar Hmee
- Lim Beng Hong
- Dorothy Knight Dix
- Sara Lawson
- Elizabeth Lane
- Lucy See
- Theodora Llewelyn Davies
- Evelyn Sharp
- Victoria Sharp
- Ingrid Simler
- Teo Soon Kim
- Ivy Williams
- The Significance of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919
Dame Rosalyn Higgins GBE JSD FBA QC interview with Rebecca Wright
Lady Broughton interview with His Honour David Paget QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher & Dr Laura Janes
Judith Bourne on Helena Normanton
Dr Bourne is an Associate member of Normanton Chambers and Programme Director for Law at St. Mary's University Twickenham.
Elizabeth Cruickshank on Carrie Morrison
Elizabeth Cruickshank is a non-practising solicitor and freelance writer, formerly Chairwoman of the AWS, Editor of Link and author of “Women in the Law” and “All You Need to Know about Being a Trainee Solicitor.”
Liz Goldthorpe on Averil Deverell
Liz Goldthorpe is a legal biographer and retired tribunal judge.
Caroline Derry on Monica Geike Cobb
Dr Derry is a Lecturer at the School of Law, Open University.
Frances Burton on Betty Archdale
Dr Frances Burton is Senior Lecturer in Property and Family Law at Buckinghamshire New University, Co-Director of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice and the Editor of International Family Law, Policy and Practice.
Katie Broomfield on Mary Sykes
Katie Broomfield is a postgraduate researcher in the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the opening of the legal profession to women in 1919.
Ros Wright QC on Sybil Campbell
Ros Wright QC is a retired barrister who has worked mainly in the public and regulatory sector. She retired from the Serious Fraud Office, where she was Director for 6 years, in 2003 and since then has been a non-exec director of the OFT, the DTI (now, BIS), member and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) based in Brussels and of the Insolvency Service. She was chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel, an independent “think-tank”, based (and supported by) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 2003 - 2014.
Charlotte Coleman on Auvergne Doherty
Charlotte Coleman is a post-graduate researcher at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.