About Women in Family Law
Women in Family Law (WiFL) was founded in January 2020 by a group of women, all of whom work in the field of family law. WiFL brings together women from across England and Wales, whether solicitors or barristers, judges or paralegals, all of whom have the shared aim of uniting and supporting women in the profession.
The founding Chair, Hannah Markham QC along with Katherine Rayden, Vanessa Meachin QC, Frances Judd QC (now Mrs Justice Judd) and Simone McGrath began their discussions in the summer of 2019. As word spread, more women offered their support and expressed their desire to be part of this unique group. Now, we have a diverse Founding Board made up of women across all levels of seniority and from across the jurisdiction.
WiFL is a collective in which all women who work in the field can come together to share views, seek guidance, involve themselves in events and support the furtherance of women. We are acutely aware that women face particular challenges and fears within the profession, and that some may need that extra bit of care.
Our patrons, Lady Hale, the outgoing President of the Supreme Court, and Lady Justice King pledged their support very early on. They are just two of a number of female judges from the north and the south who have offered to assist WiFL. Others include: Mrs Justice Theis, Mrs Justice Leiven, Ms Justice Russell, Her Honour Judge Sapnara, Her Honour Judge Joanne Vincent, Her Honour Judge Sonia Harris, Her Honour Judge Rachel Hudson and Judge Vera Mayer.