The Sex Disqualification (removal) Act turns 100

The Sex Disqualification (removal) Act is now 100 years old, so we look back and see the impact it has had on our society.

The act was a big step forward in many ways, as it allowed women such as Helena Normanton to enter the legal profession, and Gertrude Tuckwell to become a magistrate. It also enabled women to enter other professions, such as Accountancy, Veterinary Medicine and the higher ranks of the civil service for the first time.

A Career in Law

Sara-Jayne Fildes, Head of Family Law at Verisona Law reflects on the changes she’s seen over her career.

 “My career would have been completely different if the Sex Disqualification (Removal) act wasn’t passed. I started my career in the NHS as a Podiatrist, however, I quickly discovered that I wanted to become a Solicitor and returned to study at  Nottingham Law School, qualifying as a solicitor 20 years ago”.

“The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was just the beginning for a change in laws to ensure that every person is treated fairly. As head of Family Law at Verisona, over the years I’ve seen  changes in Separation Laws and Childcare matters becoming more transparent. The focus has moved from the parents, to the child, and getting the best possible outcome for them.”

“We’ve also seen progress in the Family Law courts that are now recognising psychological behaviours, in order to give each parent a fair chance of access and a relationship with their child. Parental Alienation (where one parent influences a child’s opinion on the other parent) is being recognised in courts, which is a huge step forward”

“As our society develops, so should our laws. It’s great to see what 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) act has done for women and I am positive there will be a continuation of changes that allow our society to flourish.”

Family Law Specialist

Sara specialises in Family Law, dealing with all matters relating to relationship break down and family disputes and has particular experience in dealing with high networth separations, complex financial affairs and sensitive issues regarding children.

If you'd like to discuss separation or have a question regarding Family Law, please contact Sara-Jayne on 023 9224 6711 or email sara.fildes@verisonalaw.com 


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