A service will take place tomorrow to celebrate the life of Betty Behn, one of Liverpool’s first women solicitors, who has died at the age of 95.
Betty Behn joined the firm John A.Behn, Twyford & Reece in 1935 where she served five years articles. She qualified as a solicitor in 1941 and was made partner within a year.
During her career Behn developed specialisms for personal injury claims as well as private client work. She also built a reputation as a no-nonsense solicitor.
She retired as a partner at the age of 80 in 1997, but continued to work for several years, writing wills and passing her legal knowledge onto her colleagues. In August 2010, she was presented with a lifetime achievement award from the Liverpool Law Society.
Sue Graham, a partner at EAD Solicitors Incorporating John A.Behn Twyford & Co said: 'She was a remarkable lady and has always been somewhat of an icon to those who knew her best. It was through her tenacity and sheer determination that she excelled in a profession, that, at the time was almost exclusively dominated by men - a balance she was keen to redress when she offered me articles in 1977.'
The thanksgiving service will take place tomorrow at 11.45 at St Lukes Church Liverpool Road, Crosby L23 5SE.