Since our inception the Haberman Ilett Women’s Network has played an important role in inspiring us and the female litigators and arbitrators in our community.

The Women’s Network was founded by our first female partner, Liz Perks, who has since been joined by the firm’s second female partner, Vikki Wall.  The network aims to inspire and encourage women working at all levels within litigation and arbitration to reach their career goals without jeopardising their personal priorities.  The network provides opportunities for like-minded professional women to connect and share their experiences in a relaxed environment.

We host various events throughout the year which are open to female litigators and arbitrators of all levels who are based in the UK.  Summaries of some of our previous events are shown below.

If you would like to become a member of our network, or are interested in attending our next event, please email

Aligning ambitions
How to realise both your professional and personal dreams

In October 2017 we were joined by three speakers who shared their personal stories of achieving success in their chosen profession and in their interests alongside it. They were:

  • Pam Kenworthy OBE, a non-practicing solicitor and business owner who believes that the law can create a platform for social change
  • Funke Abimbola MBE, general counsel and head of financial compliance for the world’s largest biotech company, Roche UK
  • Liz Choudhury, project director and co-founder of the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children (IHCC), a charity working to prevent childhood hearing loss in underprivileged children.

To read about the event, please click here.

How I went above and beyond
And why you can too

In October 2016 we welcomed three inspiring women to our offices to share their personal stories of success as women in the workplace:

  • Juliet Blanch, arbitrator and former head of Weil’s Gotshal’s International Dispute Resolution practice in London
  • Polly McMaster, founder of The Fold, a fashion brand whose high profile clients include the Duchess of Cambridge
  • Ruth Handcock, Chief Customer Officer at the new challenger bank Tandem.

To read about the event, please click here.

Handling the imposter syndrome
Tips for managing your internal imposter

In April 2016 we enjoyed a mini-masterclass from career coach and mentor Jo Maughan who shared her insight and advice for dealing with self doubt.

To read about the event, please click here.

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10 January 2018

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Aligning our ambitions

9 October 2017

A summary of our latest Women’s Network Event

Winning Communication

16 February 2017

Liz Perks contributes to ArbitralWomen panel discussion

Going above and beyond

26 October 2016

A summary of our latest Women's Network Event

A fashionable take on ‘success’

4 October 2016

Insight from The Fold’s founder, Polly McMaster

Learnings from our latest Women’s Network event

9 May 2016

Liz Perks reflects on a successful evening with Jo Maughan.

Self belief in professional services

24 March 2016

Jo Maughan shares her thoughts on managing your inner critic.

The roles of fairness, respect and trust in gender parity

29 February 2016

Reflecting on the role of flexible working as part of International Women's Day