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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 ethnicminoritylawyers@lawsociety.org.uk

    Find out about the EMLD committee

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    Irwin Mitchell pioneers initiative to produce more future BME partners and senior lawyers

    There is considerable evidence that more firms are supporting the need to recruit more BME talent, but what happens for that generation of talent when they tread on the escalator of partnership. Current research shows they are not faring as well.

    22 October 2015
    Feature

    Use of interpreters in criminal cases

    This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.

    20 October 2015
    Practice note

    Starting fresh

    Zarina Bostan talks about her journey to becoming an LPC graduate

    1 October 2015
    Feature

    The road less travelled

    Raman Thandi shares her experiences about her route into the profession.

    1 October 2015
    Feature

    Kawsar Zaman

    Information on the current Law Society's social mobility Ambassador Kawsar Zaman

    29 September 2015
    Policy

    Law Society launches Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

    We are officially launching our Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division today.

    18 March 2015
    Press release

    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
    Feature

    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

    Career barriers action plan

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

    27 March 2013
    Advice

    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
    News
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