WICL North West

Our WICL North West Founder Members are: 

  • Katy Appleton, 7 Harrington Street Chambers

  • Louise McCloskey, St Johns Buildings Chambers

  • Fiona McNeill, Exchange Chambers

  • Claire Jones, Chavasse Chambers

  • HHJ Louise Brandon, Judiciary 

  • HHJ Sophie McKone, Judiciary

  • HHJ Elizabeth Nicholls, Judiciary

  • Anna Duke, Davison Flynn & Duke Solicitors

  • Lois Cullen, Hogan Brown Solicitors

  • Melissa Williams, Hogan Brown Solicitors

  • Juliana Garay, Hogan Brown Solicitors

  • Sahar Handford, JMW Solicitors LLP 

  • Natalie Byrne, Kirwans Solicitors

  • Claire Fletcher, Quinn Melville Solicitors

  • Kate Gaskell, CPS

  • Rachel Kehoe, 7 Harrington Street Chambers


WICL North West is very excited to be launching in Liverpool on

5th December 2019 at
Castle Street Townhouse, Liverpool.


Please join us at Castle Street Townhouse, 25-27 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4TA.
Arrival from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

The evening will commence with speeches from Katy Thorne QC, WICL Founder, HHJ Andrew Menary QC, Resident Judge and Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, HHJ Louise Brandon and Siobhan Blake, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Mersey-Cheshire.


Speeches will be followed by canapes and drinks, providing the perfect opportunity to mingle with all sorts of wonderful women in criminal law.

Please RSVP by 27th November to

We can't WAIT to see you there! 

WICL North West is looking forward to promoting and supporting women working within the criminal justice system.


Our membership spans solicitors, paralegals, barristers, barrister’s clerks and the judiciary, and includes those prosecuting and defending, as well as those privately and publicly funded. WICL North West reflects The Northern Circuit geography encompassing Liverpool, Cheshire, Manchester and Preston as well as Burnley in Lancashire and Carlisle in Cumbria. 


We aim to provide information, encouragement and support to women in criminal law, helping develop connections to progress within their field of practice. Our aim is to break down barriers to success by providing appropriate support to women, including advice, mentoring and skills training.

We can't wait to get started! In the meantime, WICL North West are also looking for founding sponsors. If this is something your organisation could generously offer, please get in touch! 

Get in touch with WICL North West....

WICL North West Sponsors

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Logos belonging to our tier 1 and 2 sponsors will direct you to their website to see more about their work. 

We have had a fantastic response to our first outreach for WICL sponsorship.

THANK YOU to all our generous sponsors. Able to sponsor us? Get in touch here.

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