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Southampton Ethics Centre

Public Lecture by Lady Hale “100 years of women: What are women lawyers for?” Event

18:30 - 19:30
1 May 2019
EEE Lecture Theatre Building 32, Room 1015 University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

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Event details

Part of the The Centre for Law, Policy and Society events programme. All welcome. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available in the foyer outside the Lecture Theatre from 17.45. The event will start promptly at 18:30, so please arrive in plenty of time to take your seat.

The Centre for Law, Policy and Society at Southampton Law School is delighted to host a Public Lecture by Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court. The title of the lecture is: “ 100 years of women: What are women lawyers for?”

Lady Hale

Brenda Marjorie Hale, Lady Hale of Richmond took up appointment as President of The Supreme Court in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. This following her appointment as Deputy President from June 2013. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court.

In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.


Southampton Law School is a vibrant and diverse community with an international reputation for excellence in education and research. We are part of the University of Southampton, a leading research-intensive Russell Group University, ranked in the top 100 worldwide Universities by the QS World University Rankings 2019. Our degree programmes are challenging and inspiring, providing the advanced legal knowledge and critical thinking and communication skills that graduates need to succeed in today’s fast-paced world.

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