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Diane Benussi
Diane Benussi
 
Diane Benussi
 
Diane Benussi founded her own solicitor's firm as a sole practitioner in 1993. Benussi & Co is one of the largest divorce practices in the country, with nine qualified staff devoting their time entirely to "big money" divorces with an increasing number of international cases. Diane is the managing partner and devotes her entire time to practice management and rain making. Before qualifying as a solicitor, she was a civil servant, and also worked as a systems analyst whilst living in South Africa. She frequently undertakes public speaking engagements on such subjects as women's rights, cohabitation and "how to avoid getting a divorce", this latter being reserved for male groups only. Last year, she addressed a specialist legal gathering in Virginia, USA. She was a founder member of the Solicitors Family Law Association and set up the West Midlands Regional Group. She is a Council Member of the Birmingham Law Society and for four years chaired the family law group. The Birmingham Law Society runs a regular series of management seminars and workshops which Diane originally suggested, helped plan and present.

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Cherie Booth QC
Cherie Booth QC
 
Cherie Booth QC
 
Cherie Booth QC is a barrister, mother of three children and the wife of the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. She was born in Bury in 1954 and moved shortly afterwards to Liverpool, where she grew up. After studying law at the London School of Economics, she came top of her year in her Bar examinations and was called to the Bar in 1976. She became a Queen's Counsel in 1995 and now specialises in Public, Employment and European Community Law. She married Tony Blair in 1980 and contested the parliamentary seat of Thanet North in 1983 for the Labour Party. Away from work she likes to spend as much time as possible with her children Euan (b. 19 January 1984), Nicholas (b. 6 December 1985) and Kathryn (b. 2 March 1988). Her other interests include reading, the theatre and keeping fit. Cherie is also a trustee of Refuge, a vice-president of the Kids Club Network, a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation and a patron of Breast Cancer Care and Sargent Cancer Care for Children. She is Chancellor of the Liverpool John Mores University ("JMU") and is an Honorary Fellow of JMU, LSE and the Open University. She is an FRSA and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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Rachel Burnett
Rachel Burnett
 
Rachel Burnett
 
Formerly an IT professional, Rachel is a partner at Masons, Solicitors. She specialises in legal services relating to the IT industries; especially new media, e-commerce, internet, web-site and on-line transactions of all kinds, system development and integration agreements, and outsourcing contracts. She has an increasing number of clients whose business success now depends on e-commerce. She is author of Outsourcing: The Legal Aspects, published by Gower, and co-author of Drafting and Negotiating Computer Contracts published by Butterworths (a second edition is being written). She is editor of Masons IT Law Guides published by the Faculty of IT of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is Vice Chairman of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, a livery member of the City of London Livery Company of Information Technologists, and a professional member of the British Computer Society. She is a former Chair of the Association of Women Solicitors. As an IT professional, in the early 1970s she was working on some of the largest and most complex storage and retrieval systems in Europe at that time. Subsequently she was involved in the design and development of the first on-line computer system for foreign exchange dealers. She has worked for large corporate organisations, developing advanced systems in sales, finance, distribution and manufacturing, and advising on I.T. procurement and implementation. She is author of Outsourcing: The Legal Aspects, published by Gower, and co-author of Drafting and Negotiating Computer Contracts published by Butterworths (a second edition is being written). She is editor of Masons IT Law Guides published by the Faculty of IT of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Rachel is Vice Chair of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, a livery member of the City of London Livery Company of Information Technologists, and a member of the British Computer Society. She is a former Chair of the Association of Women Solicitors.

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Laura Carstensen
Laura Carstensen
 
Laura Carstensen
 
Laura Carstensen is a partner in Slaughter and May, the leading City law firm; she is an acknowledged leader in her field of Competition Law, her practice covering both transactional work (mergers and acquisitions) and antitrust litigation. She is a former Chair of the national charitable organisation Parents and Work and founder and current Chair of City Parents at Work; she is currently, with Parents at Work and other organisations, engaged in establishing an umbrella initiative under the banner Quality of Life in The City. She has 6 children aged from 11 to a few months old, their arrivals spanning her career at the firm from junior assistant to established partner; she has experienced City parenting in several forms including as a single parent.

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Nick Carter-Pegg
 
Nick Carter-Pegg
 
Nick Carter-Pegg is a partner in the Professional Practices Group at BDO Stoy Hayward. Nick specialises in advising clients on financial management, mergers and the accounting and audit of professional practices. He serves clients ranging from small to medium sized law practices, architects and surveying practices to a Big Five accounting firm. A regular speaker and author on professional practice related issues, Nick has been following the progress on Limited Liability Partnerships and has written briefings on the subject. Nick is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

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Elizabeth Coffey
Elizabeth Coffey
 
Elizabeth Coffey
 
Born in the USA of an Irish-American father, who was a Professor of Philosophy, and a Belgian philologist mother, Elizabeth has always felt a strong affinity with Europe and traditions of developing people. These strands were further reinforced through twelve years of Steiner primary and secondary education. During five months travelling in Europe in 1984, she decided she felt so much at home that she would stay - and since that time has spent only 6 months in the USA. After pursuing a "double major" in Psychology and English Literature at Wellesley College, and graduating cum laude, Elizabeth spent a few years in Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals in Boston, honing her research and counselling. She then shuttled for a while between London and Frankfurt where she settled. Since by then she had a small son, but could locate no suitable nursery school in Frankfurt, her immediate reaction was to found one. In typical fashion, once the school was well-established she teamed up with a friend and established a consultancy - Nexus GmbH - to design and deliver 'cross cultural' programmes to German companies such as BMW, to help their managers develop more effective global management skills. Elizabeth moved back to London in 1995, and building on her earlier research and consulting experience, joined Saxton Bampfylde International plc to carry out director-level executive searches across many business sectors in the UK and world-wide. In this role, she spoke with over 100 directors a month and in doing so built up an unusual depth of personal knowledge of the issues surrounding executives at the highest levels in industry, commerce and public services. This led to Elizabeth joining The Change Partnership Ltd in 1997.

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Matt Dean
Matt Dean
 
Matt Dean
 
Matt joined the Simmons and Simmons Employment Law Department as a qualified solicitor in May 1995. He had previously worked in the Employment Department of Richards Butler since qualifying as a solicitor in 1991. Whilst still practising as an employment lawyer Matt is also Head of Employment Law Training and spends much of his time training client groups as well as speaking to outside bodies. Matt sits on the Training Sub-Committee of the Employment Lawyers' Association. He frequently comments on employment issues in the media, including both television and radio. Matt is Vice Chair of the Management Committee of Islington Law Centre, where he has conducted an employment law advice session since 1992. Matt has two young children.

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Sarah Dickinson
 
Sarah Dickinson
 
Sarah is the founder and Managing Director of Electric Airwaves, London's leading media training and media consultancy company. In the last 10 years she has trained senior executives for most of Britain's top 100 companies, and has pioneered international media and issue management training. She is the author of "How to Take on The Media", published by Orion, and her second book "Effective Presentation" has recently been published. Before founding Electric Airwaves, Sarah was a well known radio and television presenter, on programmes as diverse as GOING PLACES on BBC1 and The Night is Young on LBC. Sarah frequently writes and presents programmes for Electric Airwaves' sister company Ladbroke Radio Productions, which are subsequently broadcast on Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

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Dr Ann Fingret
Dr Ann Fingret
 
Dr Ann Fingret
 
Dr Ann Fingret is a consultant physician in occupational medicine, with a particular interest in mental health in the workplace. She has worked for many organisations including British Rail, The Post Office, British Telecom, The John Lewis Partnership and The British Broadcasting Corporation, where she was Chief Medical Officer. She is a former President of The Society of Occupational Medicine and of The International Forum on Organisational Health. She currently advises many City solicitors firms on employee health and is a member of The Law Society Task Force on Stress Awareness and Pressure management. She has written and lectured extensively on organisational and individual issues that can generate and control stress in the workplace.

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Janet Gaymer
Janet Gaymer
 
Janet Gaymer
 
Janet Gaymer is Head of the Employment Law Department at the City firm of solicitors, Simmons & Simmons, After reading Juris Prudence at Oxford, she joined Simmons & Simrnons in 1971. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1973 and became a partner in 1977. She holds a Master of Laws degree from London University. She is a past Chairman of the Law Society's Committee on Employment Law, a former Chairman of the Employment Law Sub-Committee of tile City of London Solicitors Company, Founder Chairman and Life Vice President of the UK Employment Lawyers Association and, recently, Founder Chairman of The European Employment Lawyers Association. With effect from 1 May 1995 she was appointed to the Council of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Sweet & Maxwell's Encyclopaedia of Employment Law and of Tolley's "Health and Safety at Work". She sat on the "Justice" Committee which reviewed and made proposals for the reform of the procedures, jurisdiction, constitution and expertise of the industrial tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (report published 1987). She is a member of the Executive Board of 'Justice". She has twice been voted the "Experts' Expert" in a survey undertaken by "Legal Business". In April 1997 she received "The Times" Woman of Achievement in the Law Award. In June 1997 she was designated one of the "One Hundred Lawyers of Influence" by "The Lawyer" magazine. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies. During the summer of 1998 she has been a Visiting Law Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she has been studying and reflecting upon the definition of the employment relationship (as opposed to the Contract of employment) in relation to, among other things, international labour standards. Also, in 1998 she was the winner of the Partner of The Year Award in the annual Lawyer: HIFFAL Awards. She became a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999. She is married to another solicitor and has two children.

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Cindy Godwin
 
Cindy Godwin
 
Cindy Godwin leads the marketing team that supports the lawyers at Norton Rose who specialise in Corporate Finance and International Securities. Cindy works closely with the partners and their teams to deliver an excellent integrated service package to clients. Her team helps the fee-earners to develop innovative initiatives to highlight the firm's expertise and experience in the increasingly competitive market. These programmes are aimed at attracting business by impressing advisers and potential clients who operate in the corporate arena. Cindy holds an MBA in International Marketing and a BA in English and French.

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Professor Colleen Graffy
Professor
Colleen Graffy
 
Professor Colleen Graffy
 
Colleen Graffy is an Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Professor Graffy is based in London as the Academic Director of Pepperdine University's London Law Program. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a Barrister of the Middle Temple. Professor Graffy writes on legal issues in the United States and Britain including COUNSEL, The Journal for the Bar of England & Wales, the NEW LAW JOURNAL, the ABA JOURNAL, NEWSWEEK and various U.S. law reviews. She is a frequent commentator for radio and television on Anglo-American political, legal and cultural issues. She teaches post-graduate law students in public international and international environmental law and professional responsibility. She holds a B.A., an M.A., a Law Degree and an LL.M; when asked about stress she said: "My life would be empty without stress" and is currently trying to have that quote translated into Latin for the Graffy family crest. She was the moderator for the stress session two years ago and since she has not yet followed the advice from that session, she would like to do it again.

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The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Hale DBE
The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Hale DBE
 
The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Hale DBE
 
Dame Brenda hale was a Judge of the Family Division of the High Court from 1994 until 1999 when she was promoted to the Court of Appeal. From 1984 to 1994, then Professor Brenda Hoggett, she was a member of the Law Commission and played a large part in the work leading to the Children Act 1989 and the Family Law Act 1996. Before that she was an academic lawyer specialising in Family and Social Welfare Law. Among many other interests she has been founder member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, chair of National Family Mediation, and a Governor of the Centre for Policy on Ageing. Not surprisingly her latest book, the 1995 Hamlyn lectures, is called 'From the Test tube to the Coffin; Choice and Regulation in Private Life'. She was the Times Woman Lawyer of Achievement at the 1999 Woman Lawyer Forum.

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Oonagh Harpur
Oonagh Harpur
 
Oonagh Harpur
 
Oonagh is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors' HUB Initiative whose aim is to transform the way business is seen and the way it behaves. Oonagh is a business strategist whose special interest is the effective leadership of strategic change. Oonagh was born in Belfast and brought up in Manchester. She was married at 21 and took a first class honours degree in Mathematics and Economics before joining British Coal. Her business career spans the public and private sectors, from small to large businesses from line management to consulting and mentoring. She has worked in both the UK and USA. Oonagh's career started in strategic planning. Her first job was forecasting UK coal demand over the next 25 years to 2001. This was the first of many strategy projects from business strategies to information systems strategies which addressed issues as pioneering as the social and environmental impacts of coal extraction and use. After eight years in the coal industry she moved to the city. She became increasingly frustrated that despite Board adoption of new strategies, people within the business rarely new about the strategies and consequently did not change their behaviour. Her interests moved to catalysing real changes in the performance and strategic direction of organisations. From 1986 Oonagh concentrated on the leadership of strategic change in the legal profession. First, leading a consultancy team at Spicer and Pegler Accountants; then for five years as Principal Executive of a 58 partner law firm Berwin Leighton: the first non-lawyer Chief Executive of a City law firm; and since 1994 as Principal Tutor on the Nottingham Law School MBA in Legal Practice and mentoring Managing Partners. Oonagh is a committee member of the RSA Ethics in the Workplace Forum and a Trustee of the Scientific and Medical Network and the Love and Integrity in Business Network. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors, its Company Law Reform Panel and Forum - the network for top women in business and public life. She was a Non-Executive Director of Hillingdon Health Authority from 1992 -1996.

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Jonathan Hirst QC
Jonathan Hirst QC
 
Jonathan Hirst QC
 
Jonathan Hirst is the Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales. He takes a strong interest in the modernisation and high standards of the profession. He was called to the Bar in 1975 and practices from Brick Court Chambers. He has a wide-ranging commercial practice, mainly in shipping, insurance and banking, but also in the entertainment and intellectual property fields. He took silk in 1990 and was appointed a Recorder in 1997. He has served as Chairman of the Law Reform Committee and as Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of the Bar Council. He was also a founder member of the Sex Discrimination Committee, serving under Lord Justice Sedley. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He lives in Fulham and Norfolk with his wife and 6 year old son.

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Sally Horrox
Sally Horrox
 
Sally Horrox
 
Sally Horrox is a director of the Zarak Group which includes ZMB, a market-leading consultancy advising lawyers on positions in private practice and in-house. Sally joined ZMB in 1992, placing lawyers in private practice. She now has responsibility for managing ZMB Industry, Zarak Group Marketing (ZGM) and Zarak Human Resources (ZHR). She initially trained as a lawyer specialising in litigation with City firm Alsop Wilkinson. She has recently returned to Zarak having completed a five month sabbatical, during which she managed the English netball team's participation in the 1999 World Championships. Sally can be contacted on: tel. 0171 523 3684/e-mail. sally.horrox@zarakgroup.com

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Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde
 
Christine Lagarde
 
Christine Lagarde, recently named Chairman of the Executive Committee, has been a partner in the Paris office of Baker & McKenzie for 12 years. Mme. Lagarde served as Chairman of the European Regional Council from 1997 to 1998., Mme. Lagarde was nominated to the Executive Committee, on which she acted as the committee liaison for 11 Western European offices and chaired the Professional Development Committee until 1998. In addition, she served as the Co-Managing Partner of the Paris office from 1991 to 1995, while being a member of the European Regional Council. Since 1981, Mme. Lagarde has practised competition and employment law. She has been involved in various merger filings, several European anti-trust investigations, and she has assisted a number of international clients on major restructurings involving new distribution systems, corporate reorganisation, and large redundancy programs with high-profile political issues. A French national, Mme. Lagarde graduated from the Political Science Institute and Paris Law School, obtaining a post-graduate degreee with special emphasis on business and labour law. She has lectured at Paris X University, before joining Baker & McKenzie Paris in 1981. Christine Lagarde is married and is the mother of two sons, 13 and 11.

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Dr Kate Malleson
Dr Kate Malleson
 
Dr Kate Malleson
 
Dr Kate Malleson qualified as a solicitor in 1988 before pursuing an academic career. She took her Master's degree at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge and obtained her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics where she is now a lecturer in law. Her current research interest is the judiciary and in 1999 her book on developments in the training, appointment and scrutiny of the judiciary, entitled The New Judiciary, was published by Ashgate Press. She has carried out research commissioned by the Lord Chancellor's Department on the use of Judicial Appointments Commissions in the US and Canada (published as part of the Department's research series in 1997). She is currently carrying out further research for the Lord Chancellor's Department on the factors affecting the decisions of women lawyers and lawyers from minority ethnic origins on applying for Silk and judicial office.

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Dr Elizabeth Mapstone
Dr Elizabeth Mapstone, MA (Oxon), DPhil, MIL, CPsychol, AFBPsS
 
Dr Elizabeth Mapstone, MA (Oxon), DPhil, MIL, CPsychol, AFBPsS
 
Dr Elizabeth Mapstone is a Chartered Psychologist in private practice, with a major interest in women's rights in the workplace. She has specialised in the area of interpersonal communication, and has investigated the cultural constraints and power games which can interfere with women's ability to influence decisions. Formerly a part-time Tutor in Psychology at the University of Oxford, she now lives in Cornwall where she lectures for the University of Exeter in Cornwall. She is available for individual counselling and therapy, as well as for group workshops and training in negotiation and persuasion. Author of War of Words: Women and Men Arguing (Vintage, ISBN 009-976361-3) Founding Managing Editor, The Psychologist (British Psychological Society) Invited Member, New York Academy of Sciences.

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Margaret McCabe
Margaret McCabe
 
Margaret McCabe
 
Margaret McCabe founder of the Woman Lawyer Conference in 1995. She was called to the Bar in 1981 and specialises in Employment Law Practice. She has written widely on the subject of equal opportunities. Margaret is a member of the International Relations Committee of the Bar Council. She is a founder member of the Lord Chancellor's working party on Judicial Appointments and Silk which was set up as a result of the 1997 Woman Lawyer Conference. Margaret moved to 1 Pump Court (voted Chambers of the Year in the Times Woman Lawyer awards 1998). She is currently Deputy Vice-Chair of the Bar Conference Organising Board.

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Alison McKinnon
Alison McKinnon
 
Alison McKinnon
 
Alison McKinnon teaches Ayurvedic health and well-being through the Ayoma Lifestyle System. This encompasses various topics from stress management, diet through to natural skin and beauty care using methods from this ancient 'science of life'. Originally qualified as a beauty specialist, Alison went on to specialise in Aromatherapy with international spa company E'SPA, training staff and promoting E'SPA in top venues such as Gleneagles and Turnberry Hotels. From there she moved on to CACI International - famous for their 'Non Surgical Facelift' where she was responsible for the launch and development of two major projects both in the UK and abroad. Her interest in complimentary therapies led to her involvement with Ayoma and she is now responsible for introducing the Ayoma Lifestyle System to the UK.

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Angela Morgan
Angela Morgan
 
Angela Morgan
 
Angela Morgan is a partner in the corporate finance group of City law firm Theodore Goddard. She has worked in the City for 15 years. She specialises in advising banks and listed corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and retructurings. She led the team at Theodore Goddard which advised Guinness on its merger with GrandMet to form Diageo, one of the largest mergers of recent years. Angela is currently Chairman of the Association of Women Solicitors and has a strong commitment to promoting equality within the legal profession.

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The Rt. Hon. Dr Marjorie Mowlam MP
The Rt. Hon. Dr Marjorie Mowlam MP
 
The Rt. Hon. Dr Marjorie Mowlam MP
 
Majorie (Mo) Mowlam was educated at Coundon Court Comprehensive School Coventry, Durham University and University of Iowa, where she obtained her PhD. After graduation she worked as a research assistant to Tony Benn MP, the as a lecturer and as an administrator in adult education at the Northern College, Barnsley. The Labour MP for Redcar, Dr Mowlam was promoted to Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary following the Shadow Cabinet elections of October 1994. A challenging portfolio, Majorie Mowlam's appointment came at a crucially important time for Northern Ireland's history. In October 1995 she was also elected to the Labour Party's ruling National Executive and is Chair of the NEC Youth Committee. A key member of Tony Blair's campaign team during the leadership election, Majorie Mowlam is a prominent advocate of 'modernisation' within the Labour Party. A popular and often outspoken MP, her refreshingly honest and lively style have attracted attention. Her political interests are wide ranging and include education, the Media, trade and industry and, more controversially, Royal architecture. Majorie Mowlam's rise through Labour Party ranks has been rapid since first being elected to her North East constituency in 1987. The same year saw her gaining her first front bench experience as part of the Shadow Northern Ireland team where her responsibilities included Northern Ireland Arts. By 1989 she was Opposition Spokesperson on City and Corporate Affairs, where she extended her interest in financial issues developed as a member of the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. She was elected to the Shadow Cabinet for the first time in 1992 when she was given responsibility for Women' issues and for shadowing William Waldegrave at the newly created Office of Public Service and Science. Appointed Shadow Heritage Secretary in 1993 she mastered another new and extensive brief covering the Arts, Sport, Leisure and Tourism. After the 1997 general election Dr Mowlam became Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. A member of the Labour Part since 1969, Majorie Mowlam is also a member of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU). Other interests include being a Patron of the Big Issue Foundation and the Women's Engineering Society and Vice President of the British Resorts Association. Dr Mowlam was appointed the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on Monday 11 October 1999.

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Susan Pape
Susan Pape
 
Susan Pape
 
Susan was admitted in 1992. She is an Associate with Cumberland Ellis Peirs in the Private Client Department concentrating on probate, tax, wills and trusts. She is also involved in the care of the elderly and until very recently in family law, in which she still retains an interest. She is vice-chairman of the Association of Women Solicitors.

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Alison Parkinson
 
Alison Parkinson
 
Alison Parkinson is a legal adviser with Railtrack PLC, among her responsibilities is management of the work produced by its extensive property portfolio which is handled by a national panel of firms of solicitors. Currently Senior Vice President of Holborn Law Society, she is a past Chairman of the Association of Women Solicitors and a member of the Law Society Equal Opportunities Committee since its formation.

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Philip Parry
Philip Parry
 
Philip Parry
 
Philip Parry is Director of Training for the JSB Group. He has been with the company for twelve years, designing and conducting training for a broad range of clients at all levels. Philip leads the JSB Masterclass training. Philip trained as a teacher of speech, drama and English and has since been involved in training communication skills for twenty years. He specialises in interpersonal skills - Networking, Handling Meetings, Dealing with the Media and Public Speaking. He also conducts Individual Development sessions on a One to One basis. Philip has vast experience in designing and implementing practical training solutions to individual and corporate needs. He regularly works at senior and top levels with a broad range of JSB clients and is frequently asked to give seminars and speak at conferences as well as conducting training in and throughout the UK, continental Europe, Africa, Middle and Far East. Philip is very familiar with the communication skills training requirements of all sectors of industry and the professions - but has focused on lawyers over the past ten years.

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Eileen Pembridge
Eileen Pembridge
 
Eileen Pembridge
 
After studying Natural Sciences and abandoning the idea of a career as a biochemist Eileen became for several years a translator and precis writer in Russian, Spanish and French for a variety of U.N. agencies around the world. She then decided to return to the UK after a spell working for the drugs charity Release, which brought her into contact with solicitors, decided to become qualified herself, which she did in 1975. That same year she set up with a partner her Fisher Meredith, a High Street firm which now has nearly 100 staff and despite all provocation is still a major Legal Aid supplier. She herself has specialised in Family Law, particularly financial issues, and she now heads a strong team of fee earners as well as being Senior Partner. Since 1990 Eileen has been the Law Society Council Member for London South and continues to pursue there issues of equal opportunities, access to justice and now also chairs the Working Party seeking to raise the reputation of the profession. She is one of those pressuring for the overhaul of the current outdated system of Judicial Appointment. She has lectured and written various articles on current issues and is one of two team leaders (with Mark Stephens) on the Radio 4 series Points of Law. Eileen is married to a lawyer and they have two daughters aged 12 and 2. Her main hobby now is sailing.

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Helene Pines Richman
 
Helene Pines Richman
 
Helene Pines Richman began practising law in New York City in 1983 after having graduated Cum Laude (with Honours) in Bioengineering and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (one of the Ivy League) and thereafter earning a Juris Doctor (with Honours) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She practised in the field of intellectual property and international commercial law for many years, published six books on patent law, as well as over fifty articles on intellectual property and entertainment law, and taught intellectual property law. Later she broadened out to general litigation and gained a reputation as a trial lawyer in New York. In 1990, after marrying an Englishman, she relocated to London and now has a specialist chancery practice with an international accent: she continues to be a practising member of the New York Bar and is able to appear before the Federal Courts of the U.S., has completed examinations for admission to the Israel Bar and is knowledgeable in Jewish religious law pertaining to business and property matters and arbitration. Since being called to the English Bar, she has become a well-known figure as current Chairwoman of the Association of Women Barristers, and a member of the Lord Chancellor's Working Party on Equal Opportunities in Judicial Appointments and Silk, various committees of the Bar Council and the Chancery Bar Association. Helene Pines Richman has been called a forceful role model for women barristers in England (The Independent, 3 August 1999).

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Maggie Rae
Maggie Rae
 
Maggie Rae
 
Maggie Rae joined Clintons from Mishcon de Reya where she an equity partner. She is a well known family lawyer who, in addition to her work, sits on a number of government committees related to family law and family law reform including the President of the Family Division's International Committee and the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Group on Ancillary Relief. She has also been a special advisor to the House of Commons Social Security Select Committee on Pension Sharing. She writes and teaches extensively. She wrote Pensions and Marriage Breakdown with the well known pension lawyer Robin Ellison (Butterworths 1997). She is one of three editors of the Journal of International Family Law (Jordans) and the editor in chief of the Matrimonial and Family Law Fact Book published by Gee. She is responsible for organising the family lawyers who volunteer their services of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizen Advice Bureau. She is a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association and a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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Rachel Roe
Rachel Roe
 
Rachel Roe
 
Rachel Roe is a solicitor who job shares the post of legal adviser at the charity PARENTS AT WORK. Before the birth of her daughter in 1998 Rachel worked at a small legal aid firm and latterly at a larger City firm. She has also worked freelance advising suspects at police stations. Rachel has an LLM in human rights law and spent two years working for a variety of human rights projects in the Gaza strip. She has since undertaken human rights missions to Jerusalem and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is a charity trustee and sits on the Management Committee of Hackney Women's Aid.

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Sue Stapely
Sue Stapely
 
Sue Stapely
 
Sue is a Director of Fishburn Hedges - providing public relations, public affairs, litigation support and issues management consultancy to professional partnerships and other clients. Sue is a solicitor and former Head of Public Relations for the Law Society. Sue's first career was with BBC Television. She worked as a script editor, researcher and director on many drama, news and current affairs programmes. She then took an Honours Degree in law while her children were babies while also managing two CAB's. Sue was a candidate for the SDP in the 1987 General Election and was the first national chair of the 300 Group (the all-party campaign to bring more women into politics and public life). She regularly writes, lectures and runs media training and communication skills courses. Her book, Media Relations for Lawyers, was published in 1994.

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Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens
 
Mark Stephens
 
Mark Stephens is Equity Partner of the solicitors, Finers Stephens Innocent in London. Mark is regularly called in to deal with crises when litigation and the media collide. His practice covers a broad canvas of commercial and other litigation often involving the media. He also writes and lectures on the arts, censorship, contempt, copyright, defamation, Internet, media and human rights. He is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes. He was appointed the First Chair of the Policy Board of the Internet Watch Foundation. Mark serves as Chair of the Solicitors Law Festival Committee of the Law Society and is the Honorary Solicitor to the Contemporary Art Society and is the founder of the Joint Ethics Committee for the Visual Arts. Mark is a Freeman of the City of London, a former President of the North East London Law Society and sits on the Public Relations Advisory Board of the Law Society. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1982, after studying European Community Law under a scholarship at the Vrije University in Brussels. He then became Legal Director of Artlaw - a legal advice organisation to provide artists with accessible affordable advice of high quality.

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Jennie Wade
 
Jennie Wade
 
Jennie Wade is a founding partner of Jones & Warner - a city employment law practice which seeks to maintain worklife balance for its lawyers. Her involvement with labour law dates back to research work at University and since then she has gained experience in practice across the full range of employment related matters at Baker & McKenzie and Warner Cranston. She pioneered part-time working (with support from her colleagues) whilst an associate, in order to accommodate an expanding family life - she has two small children. She continues to work flexibly, usually spending two days in her office. She is involved in the work of the National WorkLife Forum and has been a regularspeaker on worklife balance issues in the legal profession. As a lawyer, she has acted both in an advisory capacity and as advocate in contentious matters for UK and overseas corporate and individual clients. Jennie regularly advises on workplace change, policies and procedures, discrimination issues, corporate restructuring, post termination restraints and other aspects of contractual arrangements for directors and other senior management. She has acted for major corporations throughout the financial services, insurance, outsourcing, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Her advocacy experience has included appearances in complex matters and multiparty actions before a wide range of employment and regulatory tribunals.

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Rebekah Wilson
 
Rebekah Wilson
 
Rebekah studied her law degree at Kingston University before attending the Inns of Court School of Law in 1998 to complete the Bar Vocational Course. She completed her pupillages' at 14 Tooks Court, Chambers of Michael Mansfield and 5 Paper Buildings, Chambers of Johnathan Land Godfrey Carey. During her spare time she likes to work on interests which compelled her to train as a lawyer. These include; a strong commitment to death penalty abolitionist movements - she has spent time working in Louisiana, Mississippi and Jamaica for people on death row and volunteering for Liberty as an advice line worker. Rebekah is a member of Inquests Lawyer Group and the current Secretary for the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. She accepted a tenancy at Acre Lane Neighbourhood Chambers prior to completion of her pupillage and started there in November 1999. Rebekah specialises in Crime and Employment. She is excited to work with a team of refreshingly committed lawyers with a real commitment to the community and gaining equality for all before the law.

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