Who We Are

We aim to connect women working within all areas of the profession. 

Our membership will include (in no particular order): 

  • judges and district judges;

  • court clerks​;

  • criminal barristers' clerks;

  • barristers;

  • solicitors;

  • paralegals;

  • chartered legal executives;

  • those working within the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division); and

  • those working within the Criminal Cases Review Commission. 

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If you find yourself wanting to know more, find our mission statement here.  

Our Patron

The Rt Hon. Baroness Heather Hallett DBE


Founder and Chair:  Katy Thorne QC 

Vice-Chairs: Chloe Birch, Jessica Dunk, Amy Cox & Emma Goodall

Head of Communications: Chloe Birch

Head of Events: Leona Roberts

Head of Mentoring: Amy Cox 

Head of Policy: Diana Wilson

Head of Maternity: Caroline Liggins

Head of Wellbeing: Stephanie Roe

Race-Equality Sub-Committee Chair: Laurie-Anne Power

Treasurer: Perveen Hill 

Secretary: Aileen Colhourn


Committee Members:

Julia Smart QC, Leona Roberts, Michelle Simpson, Pippa Woodrow, Ilana Baines, Grace King, Sarah Read, Gillian Huston, Lauren Soertz, Rebecca Noble, Tejal-Roma Williams. 

In addition, all our Founder Members form part of the WICL Committee. 

Founder Members 

Our founder members reflect our broad membership.

They are:

  • Aileen Colhoun, Hickman Rose

  • Alex Preston, Olliers (Manchester)   

  • Alice Dodd, Cartright King (Oxford)

  • Alison Saunders, Linklaters (former DPP) 

  • Amy Cox, Sonn Macmillan Walker 

  • Baljit Ubhey, CPS  

  • Mrs Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb, Judiciary

  • Caroline Liggins, Hodge Jones Allen 

  • Chloe Birch, Carmelite Chambers 

  • Christine Braamskamp, K&L Gates

  • Daniella Waddoup, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Diana Payne, Blackfords - LCCSA  

  • Elizabeth Robertson, Skadden Solicitors 

  • SDJ Emma Arbuthnot, Chief Magistrate of England and Wales

  • Emma Collins, 3 Raymond Buildings

  • Emma Goodall, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Harriet Johnson, Doughty Street Chambers (Manchester)   

  • Helen Draycott, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS  

  • Helen White, Howells (Sheffield)

  • Isabella Forshall QC, Doughty Street Chambers 

  • Janice Brown, Complex Case Lawyer, CACD

  • Jenny Wiltshire, Hickman Rose - Vice Chair LCCSA

  • Jessica Dunk, Ropes & Gray

  • Jude Lanchin, Bindmans 

  • Judith Seddon, Ropes & Gray

  • HHJ Kaly Kaul QC, Judiciary 

  • Kate Welch, Parry Welch Lacey (Liverpool)

  • Katy Thorne QC, Doughty Street Chambers 

  • Letitia Duffus, Shaw Graham Kersh 

  • Lois Cullen, Hogan Brown (Liverpool) 

  • Lorna Burns, CPS  

  • Louise Delahunty, Cooley  

  • Lucy Tapper, Reeds (Oxford)

  • Madeline Corr, Shaw Graham Kersh

  • Mary Poku, Foundry Chambers 

  • Melanie Parrish, CPS

  • Perveen Hill, BDB Pitmans

  • Pam Reddy, Norton Rose Fullbright

  • Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, 2 Hare Court 

  • Salma Yousef, CPS

  • Sasha Wass QC, 6KBW

  • Sandra Paul, Kinglsey Napley

  • Stella Harris, Garden Court Chambers

  • Tejal-Roma Williams, CPS


We are very grateful to our sponsors: 

If your company, organisation or chambers are able to sponsor WICL as we extend our outreach, please contact our funding committee at womenincrimlawfinance@gmail.com

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