We had the pleasure yesterday of hosting Dr Helen Pankhurst for a networking lunch at our offices with some of Liverpool's most prominent businesswomen in attendance.

Helen is great grandaughter to Emmeline Pankhurst and grandaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, both key players in the suffragette movement of the early 20th century.

Helen was kind enough to join us, in the centenary year of women achieving the partial vote to talk about her recently published book, 'Deeds not Words'.

Deeds not Words is a reflection on how far we have come in the last 100 years in terms of women's rights.  I was honoured to be asked by Helen to contribute to the book and you can find my quotes in the 'Politics' chapter.

Helen's talk was fascinating.  It is clear that we still have a long way to go in terms of womens' rights and it is important that we keep the conversation going in order to ensure that the actions of the suffragette movement and the lengths they were prepared to go to for equality, are not lost to our younger generations.

At Brabners, we have carried out internal research on gender disparity and were pleased to reveal that we generally have good equality at most levels within the business although there is still some work to be done at senior level.  Something which we will be focussing on closely over the coming months.

The centenary of women achieving the full vote, along with other important equality milestones in the legal sector are fast approaching, and it is important that we keep working hard and doing our bit to bridge that gap.