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Women in the Law holds first event in Scotland

Sally PenniWomen in the Law UK, a not-for-profit professional and personal development organisation, holds its first event in Edinburgh this week. 

It provides support to women at all stages of their legal careers and aims to address a gap in female representation in leadership roles within the profession.

Women in the Law UK was founded in Manchester by the barrister Sally Penni (pictured) and expanded into London, Leeds and Liverpool last autumn. The Edinburgh launch, which will be Women in the Law UK’s first event in Scotland, will take place at the offices of DWF, Lochrin Square, on Wednesday 30 January.

The event focuses on the theme of “How to have confidence, clarity and connection in your career”, and will feature presentations by DWF director Caroline Colliston, Stowe Family Law managing partner Rachel Roberts, and Susanne Tanner QC MCIArb of Ampersand Advocates. The formal presentations will be followed by drinks and networking.

Attendance at the event is free, with voluntary charitable donations being collected on the night. Guests must  pre-register online at

Miss Penni, who practises out of Kenworthy’s Chambers in Manchester and is also vice chairman of the Association of Women Barristers, said, “2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Law Society of Scotland as well as the centenary of women being permitted to practise the law. It seems apt, therefore, that we should choose this year to hold our first event North of the Border.

“There is a lot going on here at the moment, including the Scottish Legal International initiative launched last year to promote the sector globally. We hope that our events will do their bit to help equip female solicitors and advocates to play a full part in, and reap the career benefits of, these developments.”

Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment.

Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards, how to network and make it work for you, and what lawyers can learn from inspiring businesswomen.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit  or book directly via Individuals and businesses interested in joining Women in the Law UK should email to request a membership form.


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