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International Women's Day Blog By Our Managing Partner Carolyn Tilly

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With today being International Women’s Day and recent reports in the media suggesting that senior roles across the board are still dominated by men, I thought it an opportune moment to consider our firm and the roles that women play within it.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm has a policy where employees and partners are recruited and assessed based on their abilities, irrespective of their gender.  In fact, there are many instances within the firm of women excelling in their chosen field and taking on senior roles within the firm. 


Across the firm, we have examples of female employees who have progressed through the ranks, one of which is Kay Ditcham who started at the firm many years ago as a secretary and subsequently qualified as a solicitor and is now a Partner in our Personal Injury Team.


Annaliese Barber is one of very few notaries in the area and we were joined last year by another notary public, Joanne Cowie, who is also a Partner in our commercial property team.  Another of our Partners, Nicola Dalzell, now heads up our Wills and Probate department, and we were also joined by highly respected fee-earner, Wendy Beacom to our private family team.  Our Commercial office at Wynyard Business Park is headed up by the award-winning disputes Partner, Alison Leith and Partner Helen Dexter currently holds the role of Under Sheriff of County Durham. 


A number of our female fee-earners were mentioned in this year’s Legal 500, including Alison Leith, Helen Dexter Nicola Dalzell, Gemma Smith, Helen Lyne and Sara Garnett for their expertise and work advising clients.


Whilst there is no doubt that there is still a great deal of prejudice and discrimination present in society, I am pleased and proud to say that this is not the case at Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm. In addition to the support and encouragement provided internally, as a firm we are very proud to assist and support women in many areas, including having strong links with local women’s refuges such as Harbour and My Sister’s Place