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First woman solicitor honoured by the Law Society

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The first woman admitted to the solicitors’ roll – nearly 100 years ago - is to have a room renamed in her honour at the Law Society’s historic HQ in Chancery Lane.

The room, currently known as the Old Bookshop, will bear the trailblazing solicitor’s name – Carrie Morrison.

Law Society of England and Wales president Simon Davis said: “I am delighted that our governing council have given Carrie Morrison’s name to one of the most prominent rooms at 113 Chancery Lane as a way to celebrate her achievements.

“In 1922, following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, Carrie Morrison, along with Mary Pickup, Mary Sykes and Maud Crofts, were finally able to qualify and while the journey to gender equality is still a significant challenge, particularly in leadership positions, the talent and persistence of these remarkable women paved the way for the many talented solicitors that have followed.”

The position has changed dramatically since 1922.In the year to 31 July 2019, 63.1% of new admissions were women.

Posted: 29 June 2020