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Women's Voices in Law


Please note that due to the current industrial dispute in universities, the Dean has cancelled the Women’s Voices in Law lecture series for the time being.

During 2018, The Dickson Poon School of Law is holding a series of public lectures to mark the centenary of the beginning of women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.

These lectures will be delivered by women lawyers including Judges, practitioners and academics who have acheived distinction in the law to provide a woman's voice and perspective on the state of women's equality and empowerment.

Speaker: Baroness Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Date: Wednesday 28 February
Time: 18.00 for a 18.30 start


Speaker: Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

Date: Wednesday 28 March

About the speaker

Karon Monaghan QC practises principally in the fields of equality and discrimination law, human rights and EU law. Her work spans the fields of employment law, civil actions and judicial review. She appeared for UNISON in UNISON v The Lord Chancellor and has also appeared in numerous cases at appellate level, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and (on references under Art 267, TFEU) in the CJEU. Karon also undertakes advisory work for public bodies and NGOs and is an A Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of  preferred Counsel.

Speaker: Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions
Date: Wednesday 2 May

About the speaker

Alison Saunders, a barrister, joined the CPS in 1986, the year it was formed. 

Prior to that, she worked at Lloyds of London following her pupilage.She is the first DPP to be appointed from within the CPS.Alison spent her early CPS career prosecuting in CPS London South.  In 1991 she moved to the CPS Policy Directorate where she developed an expertise in issues involving child victims and witnesses.  Alison rejoined CPS London in 1997 and was promoted to Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in 1999.In 2001, Alison became Chief Crown Prosecutor for Sussex, where she oversaw the successful prosecution of Roy Whiting for the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne.She served as Deputy Legal Advisor to the Attorney General from 2003 before re-joining the CPS two years later to set up and head the Organised Crime Division (OCD), which dealt exclusively with cases from Serious Organised Crime Agency and Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre and operated internationally as well as in England and Wales.In December 2009, Alison was appointed the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London and led the significant restructure of the Area.  CPS London deals with over 20% of the CPS work.  It has over 1,200 staff who deal with over 200,000 cases each year.  While at CPS London, Alison has been heavily involved in high profile cases such as the retrial in Stephen Lawrence’s murder case and the London disorder cases. 

In the 2013 New Year Honours, she was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) “for services to Law and Order especially after the 2011 London Riots.”

On 1 November 2013, Alison was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions.

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