SBA has appointed Christl Hughes as its Chairman. A former high street solicitor, specialising in contentious business, Christl is a committee member of the Association of Women Solicitors, London and a committee member and past President of Leicestershire Law Society. She is also a trustee of the Gender Identity Research & Education Society, a charity offering support to transgender individuals.
“SBA has made great progress in the last few years in modernizing its governance and services. Our attention for the next period now needs to turn to generating better awareness. At a time of ongoing turbulence in legal services, it’s critical for the profession’s own charity to reach out to the people who most need help.”
Christl is the sixth woman in SBA’s 160-year history to take the chair; Lady (Barbara) Littlewood, solicitor and magistrate, was the first in 1979 and she was followed by some remarkable women lawyers, including the irrepressible Fay Landau MBE, Eila Rochfort, currently Senior Partner at Neale Turke Rochford, Eva Crawley, who did so much to further the cause of women in the profession, and Sally Williams, now retired from her consultant role with Russell Cooke. Christl now leads a Board of Trustees which includes six women, all recruited in the last two years.