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Celebrate International Women's Day 2024 with this incredible joint initiative from Kent Law Society and Women in Law Kent as we present the

"Bertha Cave awards"


Who is Bertha Cave?


Many women campaigned against the male exclusivity of the legal profession and other would-be women lawyers were rejected. Their contribution was far-reaching and came at great personal expense.


One such woman was Bertha Cave (1881-1951), a servant's daughter, who applied to join Gray's Inn in 1903. Her challenge is extraordinary given her sex and class. In 1903, the bar was an elite profession, occupied by the sons of the establishment. Ms Cave applied to join Gray's Inn, writing "I am aware that my application is most unusual and no doubt without precedent'. This was rejected.


She did something extraordinary - she appealed. She argued her case and lost, all in 10 muntes., Gray's Inn refused to admit Cave because she threatened the future of the bar. This is a history of fear of change and of competition. Bertha Cave is an icon of resilience and bravery. 


Women in Law Kent and Kent Law Society's shared commitment to championing, empowering, and celebrating the accomplishments of women in the legal profession drives this collaboration. The awards extend beyond law awards for lawyers. We recognise that our profession is made up of many different roles who all come together to make it work. Our awards include administration staff, accountants, secretaries, paralegals, office managers, and every individual within our community, no matter the job title!

Thank you to everyone who nominated, attended our event and celebrated women in law.

Well done to all of our nominees and winners.

We are grateful to you all for recognising and honouring the exceptional women shaping the legal landscape in Kent.

Introducing the Bertha Cave award nominees


Congratulations to the four winners of the Bertha Cave awards

Leidy Gomez


Gemma Stebbeds


Serena Sandhu


Tara Kaby

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