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The Law Society, alongside the Women's Lawyers Division, has launched a programme of work that aims to achieve equality for women within the legal profession both in our jurisdiction and internationally, with three main objectives, outlined here.
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.
The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales to mark International Women’s Day 2018, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the legal profession.
2017 was a hugely significant year for women lawyers, who are now the majority (50.2%) of practising solicitors in England and Wales. Yet, of the 30,000 partners in private practice, only 28% of partners are women.
“Feel empowered. And if you start to do it, if you start to feel your voice heard, you will never go back.” Mary Robinson
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.
The government public appointments action plan is aimed at attracting more candidates from diverse backgrounds.
The Law Society hosted its inaugural 'Inclusion through diversity' celebration event to acknowledge and celebrate the positive changes we are seeing in the profession and how it supports its people.
We give information on upcoming events in 2017/18.
Law Society president Joe Egan, vice president Christina Blacklaws and deputy vice president Simon Davis made a joint statement asserting that everyone has a duty to help end harassment of any kind.
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