Search

Trailblazing lawyer Lady Morris of Kenwood wins CBE for tireless charity work

15:00 28 June 2014

Ruth, Lady Morris of Kenwood, CBE, in her office at Manuel Swaden Solicitors. Picture: Polly Hancock

Ruth, Lady Morris of Kenwood, CBE, in her office at Manuel Swaden Solicitors. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

One of the first women to become a senior partner of a major law firm has been honoured by the Queen for her tireless commitment to the community.

Ruth, Lady Morris of Kenwood, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for lending her support and dedication to numerous causes over the years.

The Hampstead resident, who lives in Fitzjohn’s Avenue, was made a CBE for services to the community, having combined her charitable efforts with a 53-year legal career.

She said “It feels amazing to be recognised in such a way and given this great honour.

“I got a letter through the post and was told not to tell anyone for five weeks – it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do!”

Lady Morris followed in the footsteps of her father Baron Barnett Janner, who was a Labour MP for Leicester from 1945 until 1970, as a leading member of the Jewish community.

Her charitable roles include being a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund, which provides grants to Jewish youth organisations, and a patron of the Jewish Aids Trust, which supports Jewish communities affected by HIV and challenges the social stigma surrounding the condition, which can develop into Aids.

She has also travelled extensively with the charity Womankind Worldwide to visit and help with projects in India, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In her professional life, Lady Morris – whose “of Kenwood” title refers to an area of Sheffield rather than the estate on Hampstead Heath – is one of the longest continuously-practising members of the Law Society.

At the age of 81, she still works as a consultant for the West Hampstead firm Manuel Swaden Solicitors, in West End Lane.

In the 1960s, she quickly rose through the ranks as a solicitor, becoming one of the first female senior partners of a large law practice.

“I was 36 at the time and I was the only female amongst nine male senior partners,” she said. It was a real test for me.

“But my greatest achievement doesn’t feature in what I’ve done in my working life.

“It is the fact that I have raised four wonderful children who love and get on with each other. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

When asked if this award would change anything in her life, Lady Morris remained modest.

“I don’t think anything in particular will change for me. I’m too old for anything to drastically change in my life now,” she said.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 18:35
Geography teacher Kato Harris wept as a jury cleared him of all charges

A Geography teacher has told of the “massive stress” of being accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old pupil in the classroom of his Camden school.

Yesterday, 17:45
Nearly 4,000 pupils were excluded for reasons including racist abuse and sexual misconduct across Camden, Haringey and Barnet. Picture: PA

Racist abuse, sexual misconduct and drug and alcohol offences – these are some of the reasons why nearly 4,000 Camden, Haringey and Barnet pupils were excluded from schools last year.

Yesterday, 17:37
Kato Harris, has been cleared of  three counts of rape

A geography teacher wept today after a jury took just 26 minutes to clear him of repeatedly raping a pupil in a classroom at a Camden school.

Yesterday, 15:45
Islington Square Show Apartment

Interior designers Amos and Amos have created a hyper local show home featuring only furniture and accessories they sourced from shops on Upper Street

Yesterday, 13:19
Omar Bartocci, 13,  has been found safe and well after going missing last Wednesday

A 13-year-old junior rugby player has been found “safe and well.” after going missing for five days.

Yesterday, 09:52
Golders Green station was evacuated after security alert  Pic credit: @im725555

Golders Green station was evacuated by police at around 7am this morning after a vehicle abandoned in the car park caused a security alert.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tracey Palmer, Macmillan information and support manager at The Whittington Hospital, and Angel Bellot, the hospital's PALS and complaints manager (Picture: Eve Harris)

Two brave Whittington workers will swap the wards for the sky (and then, hopefully, the ground) when they jump out of a plane for charity this weekend.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Members of Power up North London, Ian Grant,Nikki Brain,Vijay Bhopal & Ben Pearce,pictured at St Anne's Church Highgate where they have been given permission to install Solar Panels on the roof. Photo: Nigel Sutton

A Grade II-listed church in Highgate will open up to rays of light above, after a community group won planning permission for solar panels to be installed on the slope of its roof

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now