Law firm reveals all-female senior promotions 

Law firm Hill Dickinson has, for the first time, announced an all-women round of legal director promotions at its Liverpool office. Tony McDonough reports

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Hill Dickinson’s latest cohort of legal directors, top row, Elan Iorwerth, Nina Sahu and Kate Steele, and bottom row, Aoife Ryan, Emma Howard and Louise Wilson


Liverpool law firm Hill Dickinson has announced six legal director promotions and, for the first time, all the promotions are of women.

Hill Dickinson says the all-female line up is a positive sign that the firm’s commitment to developing the careers of its women lawyers is working and that it is successfully challenging many of the traditional barriers to career progression.

Those promoted to legal director in Liverpool are Elan Iorweth and Emma Howard (corporate), Kate Steele (commercial litigation), Aoife Ryan (regulatory), Nina Sahu (health litigation), and Louise Wilson (health advisory). 

The six legal director appointments in Liverpool are part of a firm-wide promotions round comprising 19 new legal directors in the UK and internationally. Carolyn Morgan, the firm’s director of HR, said: “We’re extremely proud that all of our Liverpool senior promotions this year are women.

“More women are progressing into senior roles across the firm as a whole. We realise that achieving parity in senior roles can’t happen overnight but we are working very actively to address the barriers that often affect women’s progression.

“We ensure that all of our people—at all stages of their careers and regardless of working patterns and career breaks—have the same opportunities to grow and develop.”

Peter Jackson, chief executive of Hill Dickinson, added: “I am especially pleased to see more women coming through the ranks to take up senior roles as legal directors in the business in our Liverpool office.

“I would like to congratulate them personally and on behalf of our board on their outstanding achievement. The past year has been an extremely challenging one, which makes their hard work and career progression even more admirable. These promotions are testament to their continuous work not only throughout the pandemic but also throughout their legal careers with Hill Dickinson”.

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