Women in the Law UK founder shortlisted in English Women’s Awards



25 June 2019: Sally Penni, founder of Women in the Law UK, has been named a finalist in the Woman of Influence category at The English Women’s Awards – North. According to the organisers this category rewards an influential woman in The North of England who is an authentic leader in her workplace and an inspiring role model for others.

The English Women’s Awards – North 2019 celebrate the success of women entrepreneurs, businesswomen, professionals, civil servants, women in uniform, charity workers and others who contribute to making the North of England a greater place to live. The awards are organised by the events company Creative Oceanic and winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on 1 July 2019.

The finalists were chosen by public vote and the eventual winners will be decided based on a combination of votes cast and supporting material provided by finalists. The winner of the Woman of Influence category at least year’s event was the CBI’s Sarah Glendinning.

Sally Penni is a practising barrister with Kenworthy’s Chambers in Manchester and is the founder and chair of Women in the Law UK, a professional development and support body with more than 700 members that exists to address the gap in female representation in senior leadership roles in the UK’s legal sector. It provides members with mentoring and guidance and has for several years held a successful programme of networking and career development events in the North West.

Over the past 12 months Women in the Law UK has expanded beyond its Manchester heartland, launching formal programmes of events in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh. June 2019 sees its first events being held in Birmingham and Glasgow, with further launches planned in other UK cities later in the year.

Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards, how to network and make it work for you, and what lawyers can learn from inspiring businesswomen.

In March of this year Women in the Law UK launched a Charter for firms that are able to demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity and wellbeing.

Sally Penni is a sought-after public speaker, regularly being asked to present on the topic of diversity in the legal profession. Recent speaking engagements include last month’s Women in Law Summit at Olympia in London, the largest event of its kind in Europe, and an event held by law firm Brabners to celebrate National Diversity Week earlier this month.

She also speaks regularly at universities around the UK, most recently sharing her insights and experience with students at Newham College Cambridge.

Miss Penni has won a number of Awards in the past and features on the Northern Power Women list. She was identified by I Love Manchester as one of the city’s 22 most influential women in a list announced to coincide with International Women’s Day earlier this year and was a finalist in the 2019 Inspiring Women Awards.

Sally Penni’s influence extends beyond the legal sector and in May she attended a reception at Kensington Palace as a companion of the Chartered Management Institute, at which she met a number of senior members of the royal family.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com  or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Charter should email womeninthelawuk@gmail.com.