THE UK MAGAZINE FOR ALL WOMEN WORKING IN LAW
Professional Editorial Board Member Christina Blacklaws, “Honoured and delighted to be asked to become a member of the editorial board and to welcome the new independent Legal Women magazine.
Christina was the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales and the fifth woman to hold this office. Christina has 25 years’ experience in legal services, running high street, legal aid and virtual practices and, latterly, as the director of family law and director of policy at the Co-operative Legal Services. She set up Blacklaws Consulting and works with law firms on market intelligence, insight, and analysis.
Professional Editorial Board Member Millicent Grant FCILEx QC (Hon); CILEx Past President 2017/18; CILEx Professional Board Member.
Millicent, a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) board member and a former CILEx President and first Chartered Legal Executive to be appointed an Honorary Queen’s Counsel. Millicent has worked to tackle diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the judiciary. She gave evidence to the Constitution Committee regarding the eligibility of Chartered Legal Executives for judicial appointment and contributed to the Pre-Application Judicial Education (PAJE) group and programme. She was awarded the UK Diversity Legal Awards of ‘Black Solicitors Network Lawyer of the Year’ in 2017 and is an ambassador for social mobility and Chair of the Knights Youth Centre.
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Professional Editorial Board Member Janem Jones kick-started her successful career as a solicitor after being awarded the Welsh Office Prize and the Cavendish Prize for Criminal Law. She practiced for many years as a partner and senior partner in a West Wales firm where she specialised in Family Law, Education Law and Criminal Law. She now works as a consultant for Williams and Bourne as an experienced advocate.
Professional Editorial Board Member Karen O’Leary leads Caldwell & Robinson’s Family Law practice. Qualified to practice in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England, and Wales, Karen is regularly consulted by government and state agencies on legal matters from other jurisdictions. In 2011, she was invited to be a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), an organisation of leading global family lawyers. She is also a regular speaker on family law matters and has addressed the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference on a number of occasions, the European Family Justice Observatory, most recently speaking about the implications of Brexit on family law.
Alison Atack, Past President of The Law Society of Scotland
Formerly, Alison was a member of the Regulatory Committee and convener of the Client Protection Sub-Committee. She was a partner at Lindsays until March 2018 and has detailed knowledge and experience of private client work, including succession planning and agricultural property.
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Catherine McCarthy Business Features Editor
Catherine looks after all of the latest business features and advertisers in Legal Women magazine, working with key players to a wide and prestigious audience. From her early days at newspapers in Ireland, her management of well known lifestyle magazines, Catherine looks after our legal features,
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We have writers from all parts of the UK covering all the legal professions. We have regular commitments from different firms and chambers and also organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Our writers provide thought-provoking articles and lead the way with innovations used across the legal business world.
Sally Penni MBE is a barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers, Manchester, whose practice includes Criminal (including cyber crime) and Employment Law. Sally is a Bencher at the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn; Founder of Women in the Law UK and regular broadcaster of the highly acclaimed podcast talking law which has over 44k listeners. She interviews distinguished leaders from law.
Stephanie Boyce is the Deputy Vice-President of The Law Society of England and Wales. Stephanie worked as a commercial/civil litigator before working in-house and eventually setting up her own consultancy as well as being a panel member of the Joint Tribunal Service, an Independent Person with the local Standards Committee and chair of the Education Appeals Panel.
Coralie McKeivor is an Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in the transactional Real Estate team based in Bristol. She is the Honorary Secretary for Bristol Law Society and part of the Bristol Law Society Equality Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is also the Chair of the Women Lawyers Division in Bristol.
Helen Broadbridge is member of the Westminster and Holborn Law Society EDI Committee and a tax solicitor. Helen read Russian and French and studied Management at Judge Business School before completing the GDL and LPC. Helen takes a particular interest in organisational behaviour and policy.
Ivy Wong, is a Product Manager at Thomson Reuters and creator of the Legal Geek Mentorship Programme. Ivy previously practised as a project finance lawyer at Allen & Overy but decided to concentrate on her passion for legal tech and retrained as a product manager. She won a TechWomen100 award in 2018.
Suzanne Todd heads up Withers Worldwide Family and Trust, Estate and Inheritance Dispute teams in London. A highly respected international family lawyer with a long history of awards and accolades she has achieved.
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) will be providing regular articles. CILEx is the professional association for 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales.
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Legal Women Magazine Editorial Board Members
Professional Editorial Board Member Sally Penni MBE is a barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers, Manchester, whose practice includes Criminal ( including cyber crime) and Employment Law. Sally is a Bencher at the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn; Founder of Women in the Law UK and regular broadcaster of the highly acclaimed podcast talking law which has over 44k listeners. She interviews distinguished leaders from law.