Celebrating 100 years of women in law

Celebrating 100 years of women in law

18th December 2019

Did you know that until 100 years ago, women were not allowed to practice law? 

In fact in 1913 four women were actually stopped by the Law Society from sitting the Law Society examinations. When the women took the case to the Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal upheld the Law Society’s decision.  The ruling was that, within the meaning of the Solicitors Act of 1843, women were not “persons”.

It was only when the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act received royal assent on 23rd December 1919 that the law changed.  This meant that women could now pass their law exams and become lawyers for the first time.

100 years on at BTTJ we’re very proud to celebrate our fantastic team of female legal professionals.

Each are specialists within their fields whether it’s Commercial & Corporate, Conveyancing, Family, Medical Negligence, Litigation or Private Client.  In fact, 65% of all the lawyers here are now women including our Senior Partner, Samantha Wright.