Doughty Street Chambers celebrate International Women’s Day - Women Lawyers and the Workplace – How to Succeed, and How Your Firm Can Succeed For You

Date: Monday 07 March 2016

Time: 18.00 - 19.30

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Kirsty Brimelow QC

CPD: 1.5

Fee: Free

Doughty Street Chambers is pleased to launch its first conference marking International Women’s Day.  The conference comprises three events inviting lawyers, judges, NGOs and others from civil society to pool their shared experience and knowledge to try and find constructive, practical ways in which the law can be used to support women and address gender imbalance.

We will be surveying delegates before the events to canvass their views on how woman are impacted by the law, and results from that will be fed into our discussions.  The product of the discussions will be captured on a Chatham House basis, and distilled into a report which will be made available shortly after the conference ends.  We will also be tweeting from the conference and you can join the conversation by using the hashtag #DoughtyStWomen.

All events are CPD accredited for solicitors and barristers, and will be followed by drinks, canapés and an opportunity for networking with colleagues from other organisations.

We hope you can join us for what we are sure will be stimulating discussions.

In addition to our principal conference session (details below), we also have an all day session on Saturday 5th March (What More Can the Law do for Women?) - Click here for details) and another in Manchester on Tuesday 8th March, International Women's Day itself (What More Can the Law do for Women? This semianr will explore some of the same issues addressed in our Saturday conference in London - Click here for more details)


Monday 7th March – 6pm – 7.30pm
Women Lawyers and the Workplace – How to Succeed, and How Your Firm Can Succeed For You

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

(followed by drinks, canapés and networking)

Chaired by Kirsty Brimelow QC

Despite broadly equal numbers of men and women entering the legal profession, the senior ranks of the Judiciary, law firms and barristers’ chambers remain stubbornly and overwhelmingly male, and the lamentable drain of female talent from the law continues. 

This evening’s session falls in to two parts: 

The first will seek to identify some of the reasons why not enough women are leaders in the law, what lessons can be learned from other professional services firms as to how they are addressing this issue, and we will hear what some law firms are already doing.   A distinguished panel of guests including law firm management, in-house lawyers, and others will discuss some of the common themes faced by women working in the law. We look forward to welcoming Jane Keir (Senior Partner, Kingsley Napley),  Dana Denis-Smith (Founder and CEO, Obelisk Support) and Catrin Griffiths (Editor, The Lawyer Magazine). 

We are pleased to welcome Kirstie Skates to lead the second part of the session.   Kirstie has developed and delivered a wide range of professional development programme for clients in the UK, Europe and the USA, with a focus on executive presence, career management, communicating with impact and coaching for change.  Kirstie will explore what women can do for themselves to try and overcome some of the specific challenges faced in the early stage of their legal careers.   In addition, Kirstie will set out some strategies law firm management can adopt to better support their women lawyers. 

Our discussion will be steered by contributions from our panel, and we actively encourage contributions from audience members.

To reserve a place please RSVP to or call a member of our events team on 0207 404 1313. 

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