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.
New Prime Minister Theresa May has named Liz Truss as her new Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, sacking Michael Gove in the process. Truss became a Member of Parliament at the 2010 election, representing South West Norfolk. She was previously Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Truss is the first woman to hole the office of Lord Chancellor, and after Chris Grayling and Gove, she becomes the third non-lawyer Lord Chancellor in a row. She has, however, been a member of the Justice Select Committee since 2011. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford and is a qualified management accountant.