Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Vodafone, wins Legal Category Women in the City Award 2013

25 October 2013

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, congratulates Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for multinational telecommunications company, Vodafone, on winning the Legal Category for the Women in the City Awards 2013.

Rosemary's commitment to the promotion of women at all levels deeply impressed the judges, who praised her dedication to addressing gender imbalances in the workplace. Throughout her career, Rosemary has undertaken a wide range of initiatives which encourage and support female colleagues in their professional lives.

The Legal Category received a very high calibre of both barristers and solicitors nominees, all of whom were commended for their roles in supporting women in the legal sector.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman-Elect of the Bar and panel judge, said:

"Rosemary Martin has been leading by example her entire career. She has a clear passion for improving the gender imbalance prevalent in much of modern business and has promoted, and continues to promote, a range of programmes which encourage female colleagues to develop professionally.

"Rosemary's career demonstrates that it is possible to combine inspirational leadership with powerful advocacy on the importance of encouraging women's professional aspirations and progress.

"The Legal Category of the Women in the City Awards showcases the exceptionally talented female lawyers working in London today. All of the nominees demonstrated a very strong commitment to improving diversity. The Bar Council is very proud to have endorsed the competition for the second year running."

Gwen Rhys, CEO of Networking Culture Ltd and Founder of Women in the City, said:

"This year, the competition was stronger than ever and Category Panels deliberated long and hard when selecting a Winner. Rosemary clearly meets our Award's specific criteria and has championed women's progress throughout her career. Many women cite "lack of role models" as a barrier to success. Female lawyers need look no further than this year's Woman of Achievement, Legal Category Award winner for the inspiration they need."  


Notes to editors 

1. For further information please contact the  Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525.

2. The Women in the City 'Women of Achievement Awards 2013 is an annual award which recognises senior level women who are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women above and beyond their everyday job. Please click  here to view the website.

3. Shortlisted nominees were interviewed by a judging panel including Nicholas Lavender QC, Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council; Lucinda Orr, Chairman of the Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry; and Catherine Baksi, Reporter atThe Law Society Gazette.

4. The  Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes: 

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad. 

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.