Monday September 23 2019

Women in the Law UK to launch in Cardiff on 24 September

Women in the Law UK to launch in Cardiff on 24 September

Women in the Law UK, a fast-growing professional development and support organisation for female lawyers, will hold its first event in Cardiff this month. Entitled “Confidence, Clarity and Connection”, the networking and professional development session will take place at the offices of Hugh James Solicitors in Cardiff city centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

This event will be the first to be held in Wales by Women in the Law UK, and marks the beginning of a regular programme of events in Cardiff. Women in the Law UK, which has its roots in Manchester, has also successfully launched in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Glasgow over the past 12 months.

Speakers confirmed for the evening include Lucy Cohen, co-founder of Bridgend-based Mazuma Accountants, Princes Trust mentor and regular contributor to Cosmopolitan magazine, and Wendy Hobbs, property lawyer and author of the Claudia Quash series of children’s fantasy novels.

Manjula Bray, director of the Cardiff-based business psychology and career management organisation Selectif, will also share her insights into planning with confidence for applications for judicial appointments. The event will be co-chaired by Emily Powell, partner in the corporate and commercial team at Hugh James Solicitors, and Sally Penni, award-winning barrister and founder of Women in the Law UK.

Sally Penni, who will give a keynote address on the night, said, “I can’t wait or 24th September. This is going to be a superb event on a theme that is really important for women as they pursue their careers in our great profession.

“More women than men enter the law but we still aren’t seeing anything like the levels of female representation that we should at a senior level. There is a lot that firms can do to address this but, in the meantime, we all need to approach our careers not only with confidence but also real clarity about what we want to achieve and how we plan to do so.

“I am also really excited to be holding hold our first event in Wales and I would like to thank Hugh James for hosting us and enabling it to happen. Thank you, too, to all of our speakers – it’s going to be a fantastic evening.”

Tickets for the evening are priced at £10 and need to be booked in advance at www.womeninthelawuk.co/webevents or via the Eventbrite ticketing platform. Drinks and canapes will be served.

Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards and how to network and make it work for you.

Women in the Law UK was founded in Manchester by the award-winning barrister Sally Penni to provide support to women at all stages of their legal careers and to address the gap in female representation in leadership roles within the profession. In March of this year it launched a Charter for firms that are able to demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity and wellbeing.

The organisation runs a wide-ranging programme of events in the North West and over the past year has expanded into a range of other UK cities, with further launches planned over the course of 2019 and into 2020.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com  or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Charter should email womeninthelawuk@gmail.com.

"We all need to approach our careers not only with confidence but also real clarity about what we want to achieve and how we plan to do so."
Sally Penni

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