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To mark International Women’s Day, criminal defence lawyer Chloe Jay joined Shine Radio’s Kate Fairweather for a walk around the Heath lake to discuss women and the law.

Born, raised and resident with her family in Petersfield, Chloe’s stellar career has taken in multiple late night callouts to Hampshire police stations, jury trials at Winchester Crown Court and – remarkably – advocacy before the English Court of Appeal at the age of 28, just two years after she qualified as a solicitor.

She was awarded the prestigious national “Solicitor of the Year” award in 2020, in recognition of her contribution to criminal justice. She represents the criminal defence community on the Hampshire and IOW Local Criminal Justice Board, which includes representatives from the police, Crown Prosecution Service, probation, the prison service and youth offending, which aims to improve outcomes both for victims of crime and people who offend.

Chloe is passionate about her work, which she admits it is not for the faint-hearted. She discusses how she nurtures her all-female team of lawyers, and how this most traditional profession is progressing in offering female-friendly working practices.

She also talks a lot of good sense if you are considering a career in criminal law.

Chloe Jay holds her Solicitor of the Year 2021 award.