Lady Hale: a career of breaking barriers in the judiciary

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Supreme court’s first female leader reached position by unusual route and is champion of diversity

Lady Hale is the first female head of the supreme court, having taken up the role in October 2017.

She has long been breaking down barriers in the judiciary, which has struggled to cast off the perception it is an old boys’ club, overwhelmingly white, male and public-school educated.

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