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A new age or behind the times?

After David Cameron doubled the number of women in his cabinet in the middle of July and the Church of England approved the appointment of female bishops, some are heralding this as ‘the dawn of a new age for women’.

12 August 2014

When I was appointed as role managing partner of my firm last year, I found myself the subject of much media interest, simply because I am one of very few women to have been delegated into that position in a north-east law firm.

I am always asked how I feel about being a woman in this role but I generally struggle to provide an answer as I’m not sure that my gender really
comes into it, I am just proud that I was chosen as the right person for the job.

The legal profession is still regarded as male-dominated and, when I attend legal events, women do seem to be represented in smaller numbers, although this is improving.

On only one occasion have I been asked: “Who is the man in charge of your firm?” I pointed out politely: “That’s me.”

However, despite that
one faux pas, I have never felt...

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