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This year’s IWD theme is Choose to Challenge, which aligns with our culture at Baker McKenzie – we are proud to say that at Baker McKenzie, We Are Not Neutral.

Given that this year the UN’s IWD focus is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, we were keen to profile some of the incredible women leaders in law around the world. These role models are leading their organisations at an immensely challenging time – both professionally and personally. In our report, this group of inspiring lawyers share what they love about working in their chosen industry and the key legal and regulatory challenges they are facing.

They also share their perspectives on the challenges facing women in 2021 and what “Choose to Challenge” means to them. We loved hearing their perspectives and are delighted to share them with you.


Sue is a partner in Baker McKenzie's IP, Data and Technology team based in London. Sue specialises in major technology deals including cloud, outsourcing, digital transformation and development and licensing. She also advises on a range of legal and regulatory issues relating to the development and roll-out of new technologies including AI, blockchain/DLT, metaverse and crypto-assets. Her IP and commercial experience includes drafting, advising on and negotiating a wide range of intellectual property and commercial agreements including IP licences and assignment agreements, long-term supply and distribution agreements. She also assists clients in preparing terms of business and related documentation for new business processes and offerings and coordinating global roll-outs. Sue is also a key member of our transactional practice, providing strategic support on the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures, including advising on transitional services agreements and other key ancillary IP and commercial agreements. Sue is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers for Information Technology & Outsourcing and Fintech Legal and in Legal500 for Commercial Contracts, IT & Telecoms, TMT and Fintech. Clients say of Sue "Sue is outstanding", "She is a really good and very committed lawyer", "Excellent…. Very capable, wouldn’t hesitate to use on IT/TMT/Outsourcing matters." Sue was named in the Standout 35 of the Women in FinTech Powerlist 2020.


Sarah C. Gregory practises mainly in employment law in the Firm’s London office. She has been recognised by Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of employment law. Chambers UK describes her as "a pragmatic advisor, a tough negotiator and clients' first port of call." Sarah currently serves as co-chair of the Discrimination Working Party of ELA's Legislative and Policy Sub-Committee. She is also editor of Tolley's Discrimination in Employment Handbook and author of the case law section in the IRS Handbook of Flexible Working.