“In 1888, Eliza Orme became the first woman to earn a law degree in England, at University College London. However, although she ‘devilled’ for a number of (male) conveyancing counsel, she was unable to be called to the bar or join the Law Society. In 1903, Bertha Cave applied to be admitted as a student to Gray’s Inn to be called to the Bar. Although the initial response to her application was positive, some urged caution due to the ‘legal implications’ of admitting the first woman to an Inn of Court …” (more)
Mrs Justice Carr DBE, ‘Women in Commercial Law’, Jill Poole Memorial Lecture, Aston University, 23 October.