"As a woman from a working class and ethnically diverse background, I won the golden ticket by being born in twentieth century England. The concept of rights for all has been fundamental in enabling me to study, change careers, qualify as a solicitor and establish my own firm. Millions of women globally aren’t so lucky. So every time an opportunity arises to promote my profession and especially the women in it, I am grateful.
Magna Carta did not set out to create our modern legal profession or enable the best legal aid system in the world (present cuts permitting). However, it was the opening salvo towards the more equal society that we are lucky enough to be a part of today. It changed the balance of power and the legal emphasis in order to reflect the virtues commonly ascribed to the British legal system – tolerance, fairness but most importantly equality before the law.
As with so many great ideas, it was a simple one that had unforeseen but positive consequences for subsequent generations and an inspiration for emerging democracies."
- Sarah Austin
- © Michael Waller-Bridge 2015
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