Inspirational Women in Law Awards

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 Awards are open from now until 2 November.

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards, Awards, now in their third year and hosted by Legal Week, seek to identify women leaders in law, in the lead up to the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to enter into the legal and other professions for the first time.

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

“The path to entry into the legal profession for women is well-trodden, however the outdated business and career models which hold back the progression of women in the law must be challenged.”

This year we are expanding to recognise pioneers across five different categories:
◘ Inspirational Woman of the Year, Under 35 Lawyer of the Year
◘ Inspirational Woman of the Year, In-House Lawyer of the Year
◘ Inspirational Woman of the Year, Solicitor of the Year
◘ Inspirational Woman of the Year, Barrister of the Year
◘ Inspirational Women Awards Champion of the Year (Any gender, any field, making a
contribution to equality, not restricted to lawyers).

The deadline for nominations is 2 November 2018. Entries will be judged by eight specialist judges from both inside and outside the legal profession. The contribution and achievements of those entering will be celebrated at a ceremony and champagne and canape reception, hosted by Legal Week, on 29th November, from 5-7pm at County Hall, with speeches about the importance of the First 100 Years project from Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales and Dana Denis-Smith, founder of First 100 Years. Our winners will become spokespersons for the project as First 100 Years champions, with access to exclusive networking and knowledge-sharing events.

Women (and men for the final category) who are:
◘ In the case of the first category, 35 or under on 2 November 2018
◘ In the case of all but the final category, a legal professional, for example, a practising lawyer working either In private practice or in-house, a member of the judiciary, including but not limited to CMA magistrates, members of CILEX or the Institute of Paralegals, and
◘ Working in the United Kingdom.

You will be asked to make a submission covering:
1. The nominee’s contribution to achieving equality for women within the profession (by the person nominating, as part of the form) – before 2 November; and
2. The nominee’s view as to the single thing which would make a real and positive difference in achieving equality for women within the profession (to be written by the nominee at stage two) – before 9 November 2018.

Each part of the submission is not to exceed 500 words in total. Further details about how to make your submission will be provided once you have completed the nomination form as detailed below.

How can I enter myself or make a nomination?
You may nominate yourself or another by filling in the nominations form below. There is no limit on the number of nominations to be made by any one individual. By submitting your details you agree to be contacted by First 100 Years on future First 100 Years news and events as well as in relation to these Awards.

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

On the 29th November Legal Week will be hosting a forum for Diversity, Inclusivity and Talent In Law (Chapter 1: Gender Equality), taking place as part of their Legal Week Connect event. First Hundred Years are delighted to be speaking at the event and will be joined by an exceptional group of General Counsel, including Coca-Cola, Snapchat, BAE Systems, who will provide insights and promote debate on tactics to drive gender equality through their unique position as the buyer of legal services.

View the programme for the event here.

To register a place, click here. For group booking discounts, please email [email protected].

What is the application process?




Stage 1

Nominations made.

2 November 2018

Stage 2

Nominees will be contacted on a rolling basis by email and invited to apply for the Award. They will be asked to write a short essay on their view as to the single thing which would make a real and positive difference in achieving equality for women within the profession (500 words).

9 November 2018