Dame Linda Dobbs has been awarded the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award by The First 100 years.
Featured regularly in the Power 100 List of 100 Influential Black Britons, Dame Linda Dobbs became the first non-white high court judge in the UK. At the Bar she was a member of, and chaired, a number of committees, including the Race Relations, Equal Opportunities, International, Professional Conduct and Professional Standard Committees. In 2003 she became the Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association where she set up its first Equality and Diversity sub-committee. Whilst on the High Court Bench she was the Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity, Chair of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and Chair of the International Committee of the Judicial College and a Fawcett Commissioner.
The First 100 years was set up by Dana Denise-Smith in 2019 with the mission statement to ensure equal opportunities for all women in the legal profession by raising awareness of their history and inspiring future generations. She said:
"Dame Linda is an incredible role model for the legal profession - both women and men. Most importantly, she has championed diversity and the advancement of women and those from minority backgrounds throughout her life and has been an incredible supporter of First 100 Years from the very outset as well as a supporter of the Next 100 Years, the campaign building on its legacy. She is indefatigable in her efforts to open up the judiciary to those underrepresented and to encourage those coming behind to rise up and take up positions of responsibility across the profession. I cannot think of someone more deserving of being recognised and I am grateful she has accepted our award."
Dame Linda Dobbs said:
"It is an honour to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the First 100 years. I hope that the Bar continues to attract, retain and elevate women within the profession building on the success achieved thus far."
Dame Linda Dobbs is the founder of RL Consulting which was set up in 2019 and provides consulting services to law firms, governments, NGOs, corporations and institutions.
Learn more about RL Consulting here: [Red Lion Consulting (RLConsulting)]