AWS Manchester

About AWS Manchester

The Association of Women Solicitors Manchester Branch (AWS Manchester) was set up in the early 1980s. We have an active Committee whose objective is to bring together women solicitors from Manchester and its environs. The Committee’s brief is to hold events at which women solicitors can network. Such events are aimed at providing a convivial forum to listen to and engage in discussions on key issues affecting women solicitors in the profession today and to support and help promote AWS members at every stage of their career.

Articulate and represent the views of women solicitors

Promote women's interests in the profession

Campaign on issues important to women solicitors

Oppose discrimination against women solicitors

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History of the Association of Women Solicitors

The Association of Women Solicitors has come a long way since Carrie Morrison, the first woman solicitor, was admitted on 18 December 1922.

The organisation was originally known as the 1919 Club, named following the enactment of the Sex Discrimination Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which first permitted women to join the legal profession as solicitors or barristers. This initial informal grouping of young female articled clerks grew into the AWS we know today.

1923 is generally regarded as being the AWS' founding year. The AWS' first public function was the entertaining of a group of American women lawyers in July 1930, and its first Annual Dinner was held in 1934. A regional Group was formed in Manchester in the early 1980’s. In 2008 the Manchester AWS celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The longevity of the AWS in Manchester is testament to its Committee and the energy and support of its Members.

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