Lady Brenda Hale, the Rt. Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC FBA

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A woman wearing the uniform of a judge standing in a library with two large framed portraits in the background.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman to be made a Law Lord and President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

April 2010, in the Library at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, London

b.1945, West Yorkshire

In 1984, at the age of 39, Lady Hale (a British judge) was the first woman and youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission since its inception in 1965. On 12 January 2004 she was appointed the first female Law Lord in history, a position held by men for well over 100 years previously. In September 2017 she was made President of the Supreme Court – once again the first female to do so.

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