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WOMEN & THE LAW. Lampeter Lady to be the First Barrister. I i f The first woman student to 00 admit- ted to Lincoln's Inn with a view to being called to the Bar is Mrs. Gwyneth Mar- jory Thomson, daughter of the late Prin- cipal Bebb, of Lampeter, and before her marriage plaintiff in the case of Bebb v. the Law Society, which was heard in If 13, wlrtn it was decided that women were disqualified for admission to the junior branch of the legal profession. She now is likely to become the first woman lnemlier of the senior branch of the profession in England. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Bill, which will enable women to become barristers and solicitors, only received Uie .y rece i N-,? d tlio. Royal Assent on Tuesday, and the benchers of Lincoln's Inn agreed next day to enter Mrs. Thomson as a student. Mrs. Thomson took a first class m law at Oxford. A FAMOUS ACTION. I In her action against the Law society1 she asked for a declaration that she was a person within the meaning 'of the Solicitors' Act, 1813. Mr; Justice Joyce decided against her, and she then took the case to the Court of Appeal, but with no better luck. No woman, said the then Master of the Bolls, had ever been an attorney-at-law, and there had thus been a long and un- interrupted uscge of what was the common law. No double added his Lordship. many women, and parti- cularly Miss Bebb, are in education, in- telligence, and competence superior to many candidates who would go up for the Law Society's examination, but with that, of course, the court has nothing whatever to do." By legislation Mrs. Thomson has gained the rights she so pluckily fought for, and ¡' the benchers of Lincoln's Inn have grace- fully howed, to the decision. I

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