Celebrating International Women’s Day: Women in Wills

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Women in Wills

Women in Wills, in partnership with Today’s Media, has been a recognised platform for championing and supporting women in the sector since it was first founded just a few years ago. So what better day to reflect on the group’s successes and upcoming event, than today, on International Women’s Day!

Women in Wills was founded in July 2019 with the aim of fostering collaboration between women across the wills and probate sector. The group, which meets regularly via Zoom with a number of in-person events planned in 2022 now that restrictions have eased, focuses on organising networking events for professionals who work in wills, probate and private client law.

The group, which started out with just 17 members, now boasts nearly 1000 members on LinkedIn and is a source of friendship and knowledge sharing. To get involved you can join the group here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13780941/ 

The group also places female experiences at the heart of debate and discussion with recent Women in Wills events hosting inspiring presentations from guests including Rebekah Marangon, a lecturer in law at the University of Derby; Grace Gwynne, Barrister at No5 Chambers in Birmingham; Gill Steel, Legal Trainer; and June Potts, Business Consultant from Menopause 360.

You can read more about their stories here and here.

We invite you to sample Women in Wills for yourself at our next in-person event on 24th March at 30 Euston Square, London, with another fabulous guest speaker, Constance McDonnell QC of Serle Court.

Constance has a traditional Chancery practice specialising in contentious probate, trust disputes, 1975 Act claims, administration of estates, and removal of personal representatives. She has appeared recently in several highly publicised High Court cases, including Reeves v Drew (a probate dispute about an estate worth £100m, in which issues were raised about knowledge and approval and undue influence). In 2016-17 she was Junior Counsel for the Respondent in the landmark 1975 Act case of Ilott v The Blue Cross in the Supreme Court. Constance acted for the successful respondent in Hirachand v Hirachand, in which the Court of Appeal determined in October 2021 that a CFA success fee can be included as part of an award under the 1975 Act.

For more information and to get involved please visit Women in Wills.

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