In Conversation with Hilary Heilbron QC
Hilary Heilbron QC is a silk at Brick Court Chambers, and has some 30 years’ experience as a Queen’s Counsel practising predominantly in the Commercial Court. She has represented a wide range of national and international commercial clients, including as leading counsel in the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and Privy Council. She also now sits regularly as an international arbitrator. Hilary recently wrote a book about her late mother, legal pioneer Dame Rose Heilbron, a celebrated advocate of her time, whose career included not only many high profile cases, but also many ‘firsts’ for a woman in the legal profession: she was the first woman to win a scholarship to Gray’s Inn; one of the first two women to be appointed King’s Counsel in England in 1949; the first woman to lead in a murder case; England’s first woman judge in 1956 when made a Recorder; the first woman judge to sit at the Old Bailey; and the first woman Treasurer of Gray’s Inn as well as many other pioneering accomplishments.