The First 100 Years – Women in Law

10 June 2019

The First 100 Years

The First 100 Years is a ground-breaking history project, supported by the Law Society, the Bar Council and CILEx, charting the journey of women in law since 1919.  The project aims to ensure a strong and equal future for all women in the legal profession by raising awareness about their history and inspiring future generations of female lawyers.  Through its core team and partners, The First 100 years speak at industry and public events about women in law.  It organises an annual conference on women leaders in law and tackles important issues that affect women lawyers.
As part of the project’s centenary celebrations, Charlotte May QC recently attended at the Law Society in London on International Women’s Day to take part in a new photography project to capture the faces of women in law today.  Photoshoots also took place in Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh.  
In 2008, Charlotte was the first female Barrister appointed as IP Treasury Junior and in 1997, retired Barrister Mary Vitoria became the first female IP QC.  Lindsay Lane QC took silk earlier this year, making 8 New Square the first IP set to have two female QC’s at the same time and, compared to other IP sets, we boast the largest percentage of female Barristers at just under 30%.

Achieving Excellence

Charlotte has recently been named as one of 80 influential women in the inaugural edition of World IP Review’s Influential Women in IP.  The women featured represent some of the most prominent lawyers in the industry.