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New book on business and interpersonal skills for lawyers published


Talking Law and Skills, by barrister Sally Penni MBE, will be launched at Women in the Law UK's online book club on 1st October 2021

New book on business and interpersonal skills for lawyers published


"Talking Law and Skills looks in-depth at a range of areas on which tomorrows professionals will need to focus if they are to succeed in the business of law."
Sally Penni MBE



Sally Penni MBE, barrister and founder of Women in the Law UK, has published the fourth in her Talking Law series of books for practising and aspiring lawyers. In Talking Law & Skills she draws on her experience, and curates contributions from a range of experts, to provide insights into a range of skills she has identified as necessary for lawyers building their careers in the third decade of the 21st century.

Subjects covered include negotiation, communication, managing priorities, leadership, entrepreneurship, resilience and financial wellbeing. In addition to Miss Penni’s own insights the book contains contributions from a range of lawyers and subject area experts, including Jodie Hill, Andrew Powell, Amanda Adeola, Elaine Banton, Sian Darlington, Catherine Brown and Michael Gates.

Talking Law & Skills, which is available from Amazon priced £12.99, will receive its official launch at two special online meetings of the Women in the Law UK Book Club on Friday 1st October, at 1.00pm and 5.00pm. The Women in the Law UK Book Club is a monthly event at which attendees discuss a book with its author.

Guests can register to attend the virtual launch at https://www.womeninthelawuk.com/1st-october-sally-penni/. All profits from sales of the book are being donated to charity.

Miss Penni developed the idea for the book during the Covid19 pandemic. She said, “Like so many others, during lockdown I had to become a teacher, a counsellor, a cleaner, and a cook, as well as a barrister and CEO.

“It made me start to think in-depth about the range of skills that practising and aspiring lawyers will need to survive and thrive in the profession over the decades ahead. Talking Law & Skills addresses this, and looks in-depth at a range of areas on which tomorrow’s professionals will need to focus if they are to succeed in the business of law.”

Miss Penni, who was awarded an MBE for services to diversity in the workplace, social mobility and the law in 2020, is the founder and chair of Women in the Law UK, the professional development organisation that promotes gender diversity and women’s progression in the legal sector. The organisation, which has its roots in Manchester, is active nationwide and has held regular events in London, Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and Yorkshire.

Following the implementation of lockdown measures in March this year, Women in the Law UK has operated a wide-ranging programme of webinars and online social events, providing a combination of education and wellbeing support. Several of these webinars are held every week.

As well as chairing Women in the Law UK, Miss Penni is a successful barrister-at-law, practising out of Kenworthy’s Chambers, and is vice-chair of the Association of Women Barristers. Outside of the law she carries out a number of non-executive director and trustee roles, and sits on the board of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

She lives in Manchester with her husband and three children.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com  or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Women in the Law UK Charter should email info@womeninthelawuk.com.

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