Inspirational Women in Law Award

The First 100 Years is on the search for women in law who are the trailblazers of their generation, driving much-needed change in the legal sector to make gender equality a reality. Nominations for the Inspirational Women in Law Award are open from now until 31 August 2017.

The Inspirational Women in Law Award seeks to identify women leaders in law, in the lead up to the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 that allowed women to enter into the legal profession. 2017 is the second time the Awards are being held in the continuing search for this generation’s pioneers.

Keily Blair, winner of the inaugural Award in 2016, said that the Inspirational Women in Law Award was a useful platform to promote the advancement of women in the legal sector and beyond.

“In 2016, the path to entry into the legal profession for women is well-trodden,” said Blair who is Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. “However the outdated business and career models which hold back the progression of women in the law must be challenged.”

Read the press release or more about the inaugural Inspirational Women in Law Award.

The deadline for nominations is 31 August 2017. Entries will be judged by five specialist judges from both within and outside of the legal profession. The winner will have her story recorded for the First 100 Years digital museum, alongside other trailblazers in law such as incoming Supreme Court president Baroness Hale and shadow Attorney-General Baroness Chakrabarti. The digital museum will be donated to the British Library in 2019. The winner will also become a spokesperson for the project as a First 100 Years champion, and have access to exclusive networking and other events. Details of the Award ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Women of all ages who meet the following criteria:
◘ A legal professional, for example, a practicing lawyer or judiciary member, including but not limited to CMA magistrates, members of CILEX or the Institute of Paralegals, Institute of Barristers Clerks, BILLE, Chartered Institution of Legal Librarians and In-house Legal;
◘ Less than ten years’ experience of working as a legal professional*; and
◘ Working in the United Kingdom.

*Please note that undertaking pupillages, training contracts and secretarial work within a law firm do not count towards the ten years of experience.

How can I enter myself or make a nomination?
You may nominate yourself or another by filling in the nominations form below. Please include the reason for entering the Award or making the nomination. There is no limit on the number of nominations that can be made. By submitting your details you agree to be contacted by First 100 Years on future First 100 Years news and events.

*If you are a First 100 Years Project Champion, you may nominate someone but cannot be nominated for the Award.

What is the application process?




Stage 1

Nominations made.

31 August 2017

Stage 2

Nominees will be contacted on a rolling basis by email and invited to apply for the Award. The two-part application comprises:
◘ a short proposal on what the applicant would do if they won to help the First 100 Years project (50-100 words); and
◘ a short essay on ‘How can women shape the future of the legal industry?’ (500-1000 words).

18 September 2017