Winston & Strawn partner Alison Weal believes that opportunities for female lawyers to excel in shipping are improving all the time.

And the make-up of law firms has definitely changed for the better.

But the finance specialist said there is still work to be done in a maritime industry where only 1.2% of the global workforce is female.

Weal has risen to become a leader in her field, having cultivated a finance practice focusing on shipping, rail and aviation in the London office of the US-headquartered law firm.