Law Update: Female challenge

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Jane Whittaker, a partner in the City firm Macfarlanes, is the new chairman of the Association of Women Solicitors. Ms Whittaker, who heads her firm's competition law group, says she intends to build on the association's profile, both within the Law Society and in the profession as a whole.

'As more than 50 per cent of newly qualified solicitors are female, the profession must adapt to the challenge of more women in the law,' she says.