Nominee: Christina Blacklaws
BIOGRAPHY: CHRISTINA BLACKLAWS
Christina studied Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and set up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm. She now runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments, and diversity and inclusion to international and domestic law firms and legal businesses. She holds a range of public appointments including chair of the LawTech UK Panel, chair of the Next Generation Services Advisory Group, part of Innovate UK, and member of the Legal Support Advisory Group.
Christina was President of the Law Society of England and Wales until July 2019 and performed a huge range of ambassadorial and representative functions both domestically and internationally. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology, and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas. On diversity and inclusion, Christina has developed and lead a programme focussed on women in leadership in law. The project produced the largest ever global survey on the issue, two toolkits which supported over 250 roundtables in 19 jurisdictions and led to 3 insight reports and a Women in Law Pledge which was supported by the government and all legal representative bodies.
Christina represents the Women Lawyer’s Division and is an active committee member. She also sits on the Thomson Reuters Women in Law Advisory Board and the Chartered Institute of Insurers’ ‘Insuring Women’s Futures’ Advisory Board.
Christina is a multi-award winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator.
Christina Blacklaws is taking part in the 2020 Justitia Awards. We are grateful for her contribution.