After centuries of law firm history, more than 100 years of women practicing law and several decades of campaigning, could this be the moment when women finally become established as leaders of the world’s biggest elite legal institutions?

In the space of six months, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Georgia Dawson as its first ever female senior partner, arch rival Linklaters is also set to appoint its first female senior partner, Herbert Smith Freehills has elected of its first female senior partner and chair and Hogan Lovells has appointed its first female solo chair.