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On 8 March 2021 individuals, organisations and groups across the world are marking International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s achievements. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge”.

At Langleys LLP we have much to celebrate. Last year over three quarters of our new hires were women. 44% of our senior leadership team is female and our partnership split is nearly 50/50. We have a clear and transparent progression model which is focussed on outputs and we support people to achieve their ambitions. And, in the last three years, 80% of our internal promotions were women.

As a firm, flexibility is important to us. We are interested in what people can deliver, not necessarily how they deliver it. Today, 3 out of 10 of all our employees work part time and we have just rolled out our new ‘post pandemic’ Flexible Working policy which introduces core hours and enables our teams to work from home much more regularly. 

Engagement and involvement is hugely important – our people drafted our values; everyone has had the opportunity to input into our strategy. Our contribution framework was developed by our people. Information from our people will define our wellbeing strategy. And whilst we will continue to maintain a deep and continuous focus on wellbeing, equity and inclusion for all our colleagues, we wanted to mark the day with a celebration of some of our female talent to inspire further women to achieve their potential.

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 we want to celebrate a handful of women from our vast pool of talent who have “Chosen to Challenge” in the field of legal services.


How Langleys #choosetochallenge

Tamsin Cooper

Risk and Compliance Partner and Training Principal

Progression does not always have to be about partnership. Progression is multi-faceted and looks very different to different people. Qualifying and working as a litigator for many years, Tamsin is now a non-fee earning partner and Training Principal.

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Sally Cottam

Partner | Head of Residential Conveyancing and Director of HPL

Coming to law in a non-traditional way, Sally is a legal pioneer. Her passion for the fast-paced environment of conveyancing led her to establish Home Property Lawyers (HPL) in 2015.

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Sheena Hall


Starting as a trainee legal secretary, Sheena moved into a paralegal position and with the encouragement of her supervisor studied for her CILEx qualifications to become a Chartered Legal Executive in May 2019.

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Emma Lawler


“To progress in law nowadays, do not underestimate the importance of other skills that are needed to succeed beyond being a good lawyer. That part of the job is a given”. Explains Emma.

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Helen Murphy

Senior Associate

Working as a litigator on behalf of clients who have had delayed diagnosis, experienced surgical errors or have been harmed through accidents or negligence, Helen is a voluntary trustee and treasurer of Headway, a brain injury charity.

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Helen Page

Senior Paralegal

Joining Langleys in 2014 on a temporary 6-month contract as a cover secretary, Helen studied for her masters on law (the LLM) and then the LPC whilst working as a paralegal. Passing the LPC and LLM with distinction, she is now a senior paralegal in the Family Law team.

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Danielle Pope

In-house nurse

Joining Langleys after many years as a clinician in the NHS, in-house nurse Danielle has an integral role to play in the Medical Negligence team.

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Claire Ward


When Claire first started her career in law, firms were predominantly run by male partners. It has taken some time for there to be more balance, but law firms are much more progressive, inclusive and there is much more diversity.

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Natalie Wiles


Starting as an office junior, then studying to qualify as a CILEx lawyer whilst working full time was definitely challenging. Natalie is now an associate in the Family Law team.

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Rachel Witherick

Associate Solicitor

Advising any woman starting a career in law to be confident, Rachel had a career change after spending nine years working towards another professional qualification.

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