Having good female role models at the top of the legal profession is a powerful tool in promoting diversity. Women starting out in their careers want to see people like them rising to senior positions and take inspiration from seeing what other female lawyers have achieved. In recent years we have seen more efforts made to give women lawyers a public platform, with increasing numbers being asked to sit on panel discussions, give after-dinner speeches and get involved in conferences. While some progress is being made, I am still disappointed to see how few women lawyers are asked to be keynote speakers at flagship events or given headline slots at prestigious lectures.

This year I was struck by the fact that for this year’s In...

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