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Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

  • The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession, reflecting the diversity of our society. We provide an opportunity for solicitors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and their allies to have their voice for heard, allowing us to represent you effectively.

    What does the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division do?

    The Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD) supports and promotes solicitors and their allies through the provision of career-enhancing events, information and networking opportunities.

    We provide an opportunity for you to make your voice heard, comply with regulatory and compliance issues, run your practice and develop your career.

    The EMLD was developed to facilitate greater engagement between ethnic minority solicitors and the Law Society. The division encourages solicitors to use their experiences and expertise to support aspiring solicitors or colleagues seeking to progress in the legal sector.

    Why should I join?

    Make your voice heard by engaging with the Law Society on diversity matters. Membership of the EMLD is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies.

    Members benefit from:

    • specialised events and training
    • networking opportunities
    • regular e-newsletters and updates
    • access to a community of ethnic minority lawyers
    • voting rights for division seats on the Law Society’s governing council

    Join the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

    To join the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Ethnic minority lawyers box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage.

    For more information email ethnicminoritylawyers@lawsociety.org.uk

    Find out about the EMLD committee

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    Netanya Clixby discusses challenges, unexpected benefits and how BAME and LGBT+ networks can collaborate.

    4 June 2018
    Case study

    Alternative business structures

    This practice note provides details on alternative business structures.

    21 May 2018
    Practice notes

    Entity-based regulation

    This practice note provides an overview of entity-based regulation for solicitors.

    24 April 2018
    Practice note

    Outcomes-focused regulation: overview

    This practice note is designed to give firms an overview of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and issues for consideration.

    23 April 2018
    Practice note

    Inspiration and caution for LGBT+ History Month

    A round-up of events organised by the Law Society and its LGBT+ lawyers division to mark LGBT History Month in February 2018.

    13 March 2018
    News

    Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, the EMLD took a stand at the event manned by committee members. To mark the event the EMLD produced a booklet.

    12 March 2018
    News

    From refugee to Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year

    I was inspired to study law by the legal aid solicitor who helped me with my asylum case. My solicitor was really good, but I could see that many other asylum seekers were suffering badly without any proper representation.

    12 March 2018
    Blog

    Conflict of interests

    This practice note gives an overview of conflict of interests in the SRA's new Handbook. The information looks very different to that provided in the 2007 Code and, in line with outcomes-focused regulation, there is much less information and guidance.

    26 February 2018
    Practice note

    Compliance officers

    The Legal Services Act 2007 requires that a head of legal practice and head of finance and administration are appointed in each ABS. The roles are termed compliance officer for legal practice and compliance officer for finance and administration.

    26 February 2018
    Practice notes

    Government response to Lammy review met with disappointment

    David Lammy MP was commissioned to carry out a review looking at the criminal justice system and its disproportionate impact on people from BAME communities.

    21 December 2017
    News
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