Christl Hughes qualified as a solicitor in 1980.
After studying law at the University of Leicester she completed her training in London (Knightsbridge and the City) and then returned to the Midlands. Thereafter she was in practice as a High St. solicitor specialising in Employment, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Practice Management. She was a Local Conciliator for the Legal Complaints Service, President of Leicestershire Law Society and Leicestershire Medico -Legal Society and sat on the Good Practice and Regional Liaison Committees of Resolution, the organisation for family lawyers.
Currently she is Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) and sits on the Equality & Diversity sub – board of Leicestershire Law Society. Since retiring from full time legal practice she has expanded her role of Area Representative for SBA -The Solicitors’ Charity, become a volunteer for LawCare Ltd and been appointed a charity trustee and school governor.
Christl was delighted to accept an invitation to attend the Inspirational YOU Conference as she has a particular interest in those wishing to enter the solicitors’ profession, both those seeking a Training Contract at the start and those wishing to come back after a break. She is thus both a mentor for students and involved in the AWS Returner Course for experienced solicitors wishing to return.
The AWS was founded in 1923 a year after the first woman was admitted as a solicitor. It has a current membership of over 18000. The Association aims to promote the potential and success of every woman solicitor at all stages of her career and to offer support, advice, educational and pastoral care services as well as networking opportunities to members. Membership is free and open to all women solicitors from registration on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) onwards.
Up close and personal with Christl
What is your current role?
Committee Member and Immediate Past Chair – Association of Women Solicitors.
When did you join the Association of Women Solicitors?
On being admitted as a solicitor in 1980.
What are your interests?
Equality & Diversity within the solicitors’ profession.
What are your key tips for those entering your industry?
Be competitive, determined and lucky and never forget your image.
Who do you admire?
Fiona Woolf CBE
June Venters QC
How do you keep going when motivation and or inspiration is waning?
Always remember that, whatever the situation is, in 99% of cases there is a very simple solution.
If you cannot work out the answer there and then leave the job and return to it later, ideally the next day.
Any new happenings you care to share?
The Association of Women Solicitors will celebrate its 90th Anniversary next year.
In the meantime the 2012 Fiona Woolf Lecture will be delivered by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez on Tuesday 19th June 2012 at The Law Society at 6.00pm. All are welcome. Further details and Booking Form are on the website.
Where can we find you?