The appointment of the first female Lord Chancellor by the UK's second female Prime Minister is to be welcomed by the legal sector. Liz Truss has a huge task ahead, with prison reform and a controversial proposal to replace the Human Rights Act, both in her in-tray. 

Truss' appointment is an important step for gender equality. It comes in the same week that the Supreme Court announced changes in its appointment system to cement efforts to increase gender equality. We can hope that women at the highest levels of the legal profession should now become the norm.