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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‚Äôs 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

    Find out about the EMLD committee

  • News from the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

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    Law Society launches Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

    We are officially launching our Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division today.

    18 March 2015
    Press release

    Conflict of interests

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

    3 March 2015
    Practice note

    Partner organisations

    We are working with a steering group representing a number of key external organisations to develop this new division and portal for ethnic minority lawyers.

    8 January 2015

    Handling complaints

    There are several reasons why good complaints management is essential for a practice wanting to remain competitive, including chapter 1 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct.

    13 August 2013

    Alternative business structures

    This practice note provides details on alternative business structures.

    22 July 2013
    Practice notes

    Career barriers action plan

    An action plan that outlines steps to help address barriers to the profession

    27 March 2013

    Diversity progress, but some way to go for UK law firms

    Law firms are improving on diversity and inclusion performance but there is still some way to go, a report has found.

    12 February 2013

    Law firms warned that professional indemnity insurance is useless if their insurer is financially unstable

    The Law Society is warning solicitors to check the financial strength of an insurer before purchasing their next professional indemnity insurance (PII) policy, to find out whether the company will be able to meet insurance claims.

    30 January 2013

    Practice notes for ethnic minority lawyers

    Advice relating to the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, including practice notes.

    26 November 2012

    Diversity Access Scheme

    Information on the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme.

    30 April 2012
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