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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 McLean is a partner in the IT/Commercial Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's London office. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies. Sue has been included in the Women In FinTech Power List for three successive years. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking and is a member of the techUK working group on DLT/blockchain. Sue is an active member of Baker Women and leads Baker Women in Tech, an initiative to encourage the development and promotion of women in the tech sector. In 2017, Sue won the Rising Star Award at the Variety Catherine Awards.


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.