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Cambridge Women in LawCambridge Women in Law (CWIL) is an exciting new social network of alumnae, featuring a diverse range of women from all sectors.

CWIL will be officially launched on 27 September with an event to mark the centenary of the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, when women were finally allowed to practise. The aim of the event, which will coincide with the Cambridge Alumni festival, is to celebrate the contribution of Law alumnae into legal practice and to the wider world. We shall also be hosting an exhibition of the much heralded First 100 Years Project.


Online booking for this event has now closed.  However, you can still enquire about remaining places by calling the Alumni Festival organisers on 01223 332288.


Draft programme

Venue: Faculty of Law, Sir David Williams Building, West Road, Cambridge

1.15pm: Welcome address by Chair of the Faculty, Professor Brian Cheffins, and Dana Denis-Smith (creator of First 100 Years Project)

1.25pm: Panel discussion

Women in practice

Confirmed participants include:

  • Amanda Pinto Q.C. – Vice-Chair of the Bar; specialist in corporate crime, money laundering, corruption, art crime and business wrong-doing at the Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC, 33 Chancery Lane
  • Sara Luder – Partner and Head of Tax at Slaughter and May
  • Shauna Gillan – Part time Immigration Judge and barrister at 1 Pump Court, specialising in refugee/immigration, human rights and public law
  • Jessica Gladstone – Partner at Clifford Chance, and also co-founding director and trustee of Advocates for International Development (A4ID); and Chair of the Board of Rule of Law Expertise UK (ROLE UK)
  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher Q.C. – Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in human rights and civil liberties
  • Elaine Penrose – Partner at Hogan Lovells in Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Group
  • Priya Lele – Legal Process Design Lead, UK, US & EMEA at Herbert Smith Freehills, and co-founder of ‘She Breaks The Law’

2.25-2.50pm: Tea and refreshments

2.50pm: Panel discussion

Women in the wider world

Confirmed participants include:

  • Lucy Frazer Q.C., M.P. - M.P. for South-East Cambridgeshire
  • Katerina Gould - Founder and principal coach at Thinking Potential which she established in 2005, following a career in corporate management and entrepreneurship. Co-founder of Women Returners
  • Sally Boyle - International Head of Human Capital Management for Goldman Sachs and a member of the European Management Committee
  • Clare Algar - Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International
  • Isabella Sankey – Director of Detention Action, previously at Liberty and Reprieve
  • Gill Phillips - Director of editorial legal services at Guardian News and Media
  • Busola Johnson - Specialist Prosecutor, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division at Crown Prosecution Service

3.50-4.20pm: Tea and refreshments

4.20-5.20pm: Lady Hale (President of The Supreme Court) and Lady Arden (Justice of The Supreme Court) in conversation with PVC Professor Eilis Ferran

5.20pm: Closing remarks from PVC Professor Eilis Ferran and Professor Brian Cheffins

5.30-6.30pm: Drinks reception and networking


CWIL is supported by the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law