Dame Rose Heilbron(1914-2005), Barrister
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Lawyer and barrister. Heilbron was born in Liverpool, the daughter of a Jewish hotelier who assisted Jews who wanted to emigrate by managing an immigrant-refugee lodging house. She graduated in law from Liverpool University with a first-class honours degree in 1935. She went on to be the first woman to win a scholarship to Gray's Inn (1936) and the first woman to be appointed to silk (1939). She was the King's counsel in England, one of the first two women (the other was Helenal Normanton) to reach this position. She was the first woman to lead a murder case (1949-50), the first woman recorder (1956) and the first woman judge at the Old Bailey (1972).