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Women Lawyers Division

  • The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession, reflecting the diversity of our society. The Women Lawyers Division supports and advises all women solicitors and aspiring women solicitors, from trainees to retirees.
    We provide an opportunity for women solicitors to have their voice for heard. Our members work in private practice, and in-house within corporate, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

    What does the Women Lawyers Division do?

    We are dedicated to meeting the needs of all women solicitors. We deliver key news, regulatory and management information and bring together our services that are relevant to you.

    • We share expertise and experience, and celebrate the achievements of women solicitors.
    • We commission articles from leading women lawyers and legal commentators, on issues of importance to women in the law, as well as practical support and guidance, including on career development.
    • We host an annual conference and the Fiona Wolf lecture.
    • Our Returner course provides solicitors, men and women, with the tools they need to enable them to return to the profession after a career break

    Why should I join?

    Make your voice heard by engaging with the Law Society on diversity matters. Membership of the Women Lawyers Division is free, and is open to all solicitors, aspiring solicitors and their allies.
    Members benefit from:

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

    Join the Women Lawyers Division

    To join the Women Lawyers Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Women 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 womenlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk

    Find out about the WLD committee

  • News from the Women Lawyers Division

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    News from the Association of Women Solicitors

    View our upcoming events and networking opportunities.

    30 August 2017
    News

    Statistics show women still under-represented in the judiciary

    The judicial diversity figures to April 2017 have been published.

    26 July 2017
    News

    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

    Say My Name capmaign

    The Law Society along with support from the WLD and EMLD are launching a video project.

    16 January 2017
    News

    Earnings survey shows solicitor gender pay gap still significant

    The Law Society 2015 private practice earnings figures show the solicitor profession making slow progress in closing the gender pay gap.

    22 September 2016
    News

    Lawyer twinning opportunity: Lawyers Against Poverty and the League of Women Lawyers

    We are inviting volunteers to participate in a twinning project to connect solicitors in the UK with those working in less developed countries.

    4 May 2016
    News

    Equal Pay Day 2015

    The Law Society is introducing an equal pay practice note and toolkit with a free webinar to coincide with Equal Pay Day, Wednesday 4 November.

    22 October 2015
    News

    Law Society Women Lawyers Division appoints inaugural council

    Mary-Ann Wright, a partner at DWF LLP, has been appointed as the inaugural chair of the Law Society's Women Lawyers Division, with Dawn Dixon, a London-based consultant, as her vice-chair and Heidi Sandy, of Gordons LLP, her deputy vice-chair.

    17 July 2013
    News

    National Association of Women Solicitors takes an historical step on the future of representation for women solicitors

    The National Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) has voted to join the Law Society’s new Women Lawyers Division.

    13 December 2012
    News

    Pay disparity between men and women undermines shared parental leave proposals, says Law Society

    Shared parental leave is a step in the right direction, but pay inequality remains a major obstacle to women achieving equality in the workforce, says the Law Society.

    13 November 2012
    News
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