With gender equality and diversity being such hot topics in the news agenda in recent months, the excellent news that Baroness Hale of Richmond has been appointed the new President of the UK Supreme Court should be gladly embraced by all. Lady Hale is very qualified for the role, and has broken through a number of firsts in the legal sector, having also been the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission.
Although some may grumble that it is shocking that there hasn’t been a Supreme Court female President before now, the more important aspect to focus on is what this monumental moment in UK legal history means for the future. This appointment signifies a change and further move towards increasing diversity in the legal profession.
We should be inspired and motivated to keep opening up the legal profession so that it is accessible to individuals from all walks of life, no matter their gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status.
Lady Hale appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new Justices Baroness Hale of Richmond will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court, it was announced today, alongside three additional appointments to the UK's top appeal court. Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Lord Justice Briggs will all join the Supreme Court as Justices on 2 October 2017, the same date that Lady Hale will be sworn-in officially as President.