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Diversity and inclusion

  • The success of any legal practice is based on its ability to understand and meet the needs of its clients. Whether your clients are individuals or organisations, large or small, the need for diversity on the legal profession is growing.

    We are committed to help the legal profession to be:

    • Inclusive - its composition reflecting the diversity of our society.
    • Responsive - able to provide a sensitive, appropriate and highly professional service to all sections of society.
    • Good employers - recruiting on merit and offering training and development opportunities to all employees regardless of background.
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    Calling all ethnic minority and LGBT solicitors - your Law Society needs you

    We want you to have your say in the work of the Law Society, and to help you get the maximum benefit from your membership.

    19 April 2017
    Blog

    Woman statues: what is the big deal?

    Catherine Slattery, solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and Women Lawyers Division committee member, talks about the new Emmeline Pankhurst statue to be installed in Manchester city centre.

    13 April 2017
    News

    Second Reading debate of the Prisons and Courts Bill and its implications for access to justice

    This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.

    20 March 2017
    Blog

    #SayMyName (correctly please!)

    Our names are part of our identity, so it can have an impact on us when they’re pronounced incorrectly. To mark the UN End Racism Day 21 March, the Law Society is asking what’s in a name for #SayMyName. Bansi Desai explains why it’s important to her

    20 March 2017
    Blog

    Social mobility ambassadors 2017

    How to apply to become a social mobility ambassador.

    16 March 2017
    Information

    How to use an award to promote your firm

    Applying for an award for your business can be hard work, but the benefits are enormous, if you capitalise on the win. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide

    15 March 2017
    Blog

    Seven reasons why the legal profession needs International Women’s Day

    Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and highlight the challenges that still have to be overcome. Suzanne Gallagher and Shereen Semnani offer seven reasons why the legal profession needs to sit up and take notice.

    2 March 2017
    Blog

    Social Mobility Employer Index launched

    The Law Society will participate in the newly-launched Social Mobility Employer Index, which measures openness to talent from all backgrounds.

    16 February 2017
    News

    Homeless at 16, qualified solicitor at 28

    Keiley Ann Broadhead was homeless at 16 and lived in a hostel during her A-Levels. 12 years later, she is a qualified and award-winning in-house solicitor. She explains how the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme helped her achieve her dream

    15 February 2017
    Blog

    Launch of pro bono legal service clinic for London's Chinese community

    he Law Society of England and Wales supported the UK Society of Chinese Lawyers’ new year reception, launching UKSCL’s pro bono legal service, which will be located at the London Chinese community centre.

    24 January 2017
    News
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