Women in Wills meeting recap

Women in Wills meeting recap

The latest Women in Wills virtual meet-up took place on Zoom on Thursday 24th February, and included informative and inspiring presentations from guest speakers Rebekah Marangon, lecturer at University of Derby, and Grace Gwynne, Barrister, No5 Chambers, Birmingham.

The networking group now has over 750 people in the LinkedIn group and regularly meets to provide support, inspiration and business guidance to members across the industry.

As always we would like to express thanks to our wonderful sponsors Arken.legal, Estatesearch, Honey Legal, Lawyer Checker and Today’s Legal Content, and also to wish our sponsor Arken.legal a very happy 30th birthday. To mark Arken.legal’s birthday, attendees played a quick quiz to guess the average house price, income and cost of a pint of beer 30 years ago in 1992, when Arken.legal was first founded. Did you know that the average pint of beer cost just £1.42? How times have changed!

Last week’s meet included presentations from two excellent guest speakers that were invited to discuss two very important and poignant topics surfacing in the industry recently.

First up was Rebekah Marangon, a lecturer in law at the University of Derby, who discussed the journey of qualifying as a solicitor through SQE. Under the new SQE route to qualifying Rebekah highlighted the differences between SQE and the traditional LPC, and also discussed the marked diversity gaps that latest SQE results have revealed, which have also been the subject of recent widespread media discussion.

Our second speaker was Grace Gwynne, Barrister at No5 Chambers in Birmingham, who gave an inspirational first-hand account of the difficulties that she overcame to achieve her pupillage. Grace also told of the barriers and sexism within the industry that, as a young female barrister, she still shockingly encounters today. Despite these encounters, Grace’s talk focussed on all of the positive actions that she took and still takes to this day to level the playing field and call out unacceptable behaviours.

The group was full of praise and support for both speakers, thanking them for their informative and insightful presentations.

The next Women in Wills, in person, event details have also been announced and will be held on 24th March at 30 Euston Square, London, with another fabulous guest speaker, Constance McDonnell QC, Serle Court, confirmed.

Further details about the next Women in Wills event can be found here.

Jamie Lennox

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