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Patron Lecture: 14th March 2019

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About Lady Justice Mary Arden

In her earlier years, Lady Arden had dreamed of becoming a doctor; however realising she was not so great at maths, her desires moved onto pursuing a career in the legal profession. This made sense as her brother, father and grandfather were already solicitors. Rather than follow in their exact footsteps, Arden decided she’d like to become a barrister and this is where she faced criticism.

“There was lots of sucking of breath saying it’s going to be difficult you know, but it was all about well you can be a solicitor, but you can’t be a barrister. People will never instruct you and you will never be able to get on.”

Lady Arden went on to specialise in company law at London’s Erskine Chambers, talking silk in 1986. She served as Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1991 and 1993, and later the Court of Appeal from 2000 to 2018.

She hopes the next generation of women will find it easier to balance life, work and family.

Lady Arden currently serves as one of three female Justices on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.