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Happy Birthday WICL!
On 5th April 2019, WICL celebrated its first birthday with a glitzy black tie dinner at the 1901 Andaz Ballroom. The room was full of our wonderful sponsors, our fabulous founder members and, of course, our esteemed guests and inspiring patron. You can see all the excitement on our Twitter feed @WomenInCrimLaw.
Thank you to everyone who came and made the evening such a brilliant success. The event sold out in under 2 days and we're sorry if you couldn't get there... we are looking forward to next year being even bigger!
The WICL mentoring breakfast was a chance for our mentoring pairs to come back together. It was also the launch of our judicial mentoring circles which have had a fantastic take up. With a whopping attendance, The Happenstance was absolutely buzzing on 16th January. Attended by judges and paralegals alike, this event was a fantastic chance for women to meet and learn from each other before starting
a busy day’s work.
On 25th February 2020, WICL held their first Pupillage Night for future women in criminal law! We were joined by an array of experts from current pupils to junior tenants to Heads of Pupillage Committees from a variety of different sets! After short speeches from our panel, we had pupil speed dating! Much fun was had by all - and we are looking forward to hosting next year!! Thank you to 5 St. Andrews Hill Chambers for having us.
WICL walk the London Legal Walk
On 21st May 2018, having donned personalised t-shirts and hoisted personalised balloons, WICL joined over 700 other teams taking part in the London Legal Walk in support of The London Legal Support Trust Fund. Although some of our walkers had definitely never walked that far before, much laughter (and networking!) was had across the route!
I'd Rather Be: Challenges, Communication, Collaboration
On 13th June, WICL hosted career consultant, Tim Collins, who joined us to share ideas and answer questions about career progression. His widely anticipated talk had the CPS HQ meeting room full to the brim with interested women keen to seek tips and tricks for their career development. We were so pleased to see such a range of Prosecution and Defence faces at the evening.
Branching the WICL message out, WICL Midlands launched in Nottingham on 7th February. The Birmingham contingent expanded the launch of WICL Midlands even further on 20th March!
The events were attended by clerks, solicitors, barristers and judges and provided invaluable networking opportunities. Many commented on the informal nature of the event and enjoyed the fact clerks mingled with judges with everyone being so very positive and approachable.
WICL North West launched in December 2019. We were thrilled to see so many North Westerly women join us for the launch evening and look forward to getting started.
Favourite quote?? "I think groups like this are vital and thank them for what remains to be done". YEAH.