The First 100 Years has blossomed from a video project into a full celebration of women’s role in the profession, with an extensive programme of activities and events planned in the run-up to the centenary of the ‘women in law’ in 2019.

Past Events

Save the date: The next Spark21 annual conference is scheduled for 8 November 2017. The theme will be leadership in the legal profession.

annual conference
8 November 2017 9:00am

Summer is upon us and we are making use of every opportunity to enjoy the glorious weather! Join us for an evening of celebrating women in law and the First 100 Years project.

27 July 2017 6:00pm

2019 will mark 100 years since the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which removed legal barriers to women working as lawyers on the grounds of their sex.

Celebrating the past to shape the future of women in law. 2019 will mark 100 years since of the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act which removed any barrier to women working as lawyers on the grounds of their sex.

On 2nd April, the Kalisher performance will be the world premiere of Alex Giles’ fascinating new play THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MISS BEBB which tells her inspiring and tragic story and which resonates powerfully with the work of The Kalisher Trust a century later.

2 April 2017 6:00pm

The London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) and JUSTICE will be hosting a panel debate chaired by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, with closing remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (President of the Supreme Court), to consider diversity in the senior judiciary and in the Courts of England and Wales on Monday, 20 March 2017.

20 March 2017 6:00pm

Newcastle Law School will host Inspirational Women of the Law on the 22nd March - an event with seven fantastic women speakers talking about their lives, careers, hurdles and achievements.

22 March 2017 6:00pm

On Thursday 12th March 2015 we marked the one year anniversary of the launch of the First 100 Years Project with an afternoon tea event in the Attlee Room at the House of Lords.

Our flagship event in 2015 was delighted to have Professor Dame Carol Black as our keynote speaker, and chair Dame Jenni Murray from Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The full-day conference was hosted by Simmons&Simmons at CityPoint, with a series of panel debates.

2 November 2015 10:00am

Our first In Conversation event on How Can Innovation and Diversity Shape the Legal Profession? Dame Janet Gaymer and Rosemary Martin spoke inspiringly on this topic, recounting their experiences of working in the legal profession and envisioning what the future of law will be like if shaped innovatively.

On 16th June 2016 we held an event at the Supreme Court, which was a great success.

16 June 2016 5:00pm