Trinity Law Association Autumn Meeting


The theme for the panel discussion, chaired by (Mrs Justice) Sue Carr (1983), will be Gender Diversity in the Legal Professions.  The alumnae panellists, drawn from differing branches of the profession and levels of seniority, will reflect on what has and has not been achieved since they were at Trinity, and will discuss some of the latest initiatives and issues around diversity in the legal world.  Together with the panel, we will explore such questions as: Why has only one woman reached our Supreme Court, and does it matter?  How are and how should firms and chambers be dealing with the challenge of gender targets (including the gender pay gap)? How can we achieve the right work/life balance for working parents and carers (of whatever gender and relationship status), and what are firms and chambers doing to facilitate this?


Widely recognised as one of the Bar’s leading silks in the field of professional liability, Sue Carr (1987) has had a distinguished career during her 25 years as a member of chambers. She read Law at Trinity and was appointed to the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division on 14 June 2013, receiving the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Rita is an experienced asset management lawyer with over 11 years of industry experience working in financial services. Before joining Jetstone in July 2015 Rita acted as the sole counsel to an investment division within Ignis Asset Management specialising in alternative products. Prior to this position she worked for JP Morgan Asset Management supporting various alternative products, including private equity fund of funds, credit funds, investment trusts etc. Rita trained and practised at Ashurst working in their investment funds group.

Following completion of her three-year law degree at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2006, Sushma commenced her career at the Bar in October 2007 at 7 King’s Bench Walk (7KBW), a commercial set of Chambers in London. Sushma’s practice at 7KBW spans all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on insurance & reinsurance, shipping, professional negligence and banking & finance. In the last 8 years, Sushma has acted in a number of substantial court proceedings and arbitrations, both on her own and as junior to leading counsel.

Sara is a partner and head of tax at Slaughter and May. She advises a wide range of clients on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and all other aspects of corporate taxation, including tax disputes.

Professor Catherine Barnard is Professor of European Union Law and the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include European Union law, labour and discrimination law, and competition law.

Called to the Bar 1995. Recorder at the Old Bailey, Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association 2016 and Chair 2017.  Appears regularly for Prosecution and Defence across the South Eastern Circuit.  Has appeared in some of the most high profile cases in East Anglia. Regularly gives lectures and seminars on developing areas of criminal practice and procedure. Course Director of the Rook group designing a nationwide advocacy course dealing with vulnerability. Has particular specialisms in cases with defendants and witnesses with vulnerabilities including mental health issues, very young witnesses, the learning disabled, Autism and Aspergers, the physically disabled and  seriously traumatised witnesses. She has been involved in three important reported cases dealing with these issues and is an expert in the field of sexual offending and homicide.

Kate has been a barrister at Blackstone Chambers for 19 years, specialising in public law, regulatory law, sports law and discrimination law.

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6:15 pm


6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

7:30 pm

Drinks, Canapes & Networking

9:00 pm