CCLC patron Brenda Hale appointed first female president of the Supreme Court

Baroness HaleWe are delighted that our patron The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond is to become the first female President of the Supreme Court.

Baroness Hale was confirmed in the role in an announcement by Downing Street today.

Baroness Hale began her legal career as an academic at the University of Manchester, and after gaining top results in her bar exams was soon appointed Queen’s Counsel. In 1994, she became a High Court judge, and was the first to have made a career as an academic and public servant instead of a practising barrister.

Throughout her career, Baroness Hale has been a longstanding champion of diversity in the judicial system. She has significantly paved the way for women, becoming the first woman and the youngest judge to become a Law Lord, and now to be appointed the first female President of the Supreme Court. Her work has been influential in protecting the rights of women in the family and the state, and she played an instrumental role in introducing the Children’s Act 1989, arguably the most important piece of legislation in the UK protecting children.

As one of our patrons, we thank Brenda for lending her immense legal experience and support to promote and protect the rights of children in the UK and worldwide.