Carrie Morrison, Maud Crofts, Mary Pickup and Mary Sykes first women to pass the Law Society examinations.

Published 16th September 2015
On 18th December, Carrie Morrison became the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in England. For women who did not have fathers or husbands who were lawyers it was often financially impossible for them to get articles.

Mary Sykes followed her, becoming the second female solicitor and went on to be a Justice of the Peace and Secretary of Huddersfield Law Society.

Maud Crofts, involved in the 1913 Court of Appeal Bebb vs. Law Society case, was a prominent suffragette. She went into practice with her father and brother, her clientele including influential members of the women’s suffrage movement. She later became the solicitor for the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child, and wrote ‘Women under English Law’ in 1925.
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