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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

    Find out about the WLD committee

  • News from the Women Lawyers Division

  • Shared responsibility to end harassment: Law Society leaders’ joint statement

    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.

    27 November 2017
    Press release

    Law Society hails first woman to preside over Supreme Court

    Lady Brenda Hale is the first woman to be appointed president of the Supreme Court.

    21 July 2017
    Press release

    Mentoring boosts career progression

    Applications are open for the Law Society's mentoring scheme to support career progression for solicitors from under-represented groups.

    3 April 2017
    Press release

    International Women’s Day: Women-owned law firms flourishing

    More than a third of law firms in England and Wales now estimated to be majority-owned by women.

    7 March 2017
    Press release

    Law Society Earnings report finds gender pay gap widens in private practice

    The gender pay gap for the solicitors' profession has increased, with women's salaries on average 30 per cent lower across all areas of private practice during 2013.

    18 March 2014
    Press release

    Women's talents woefully underused in legal profession

    Talented women solicitors are still not making it as far as the boardroom in their legal careers despite representing almost half of the entire profession.

    5 March 2014
    Press release

    Yorkshire women lawyers invited to join new Law Society division

    The Law Society is launching a regional hub of the Women Lawyers Division for Yorkshire.

    3 December 2013
    Press release
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