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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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    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

    How to use an award to promote your firm

    Applying for an award for your business can be hard work, but the benefits are enormous, if you capitalise on the win. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide

    15 March 2017
    Blog

    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

    Say My Name capmaign

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

    16 January 2017
    News

    Article 50 and women in the law

    Alexandra Cardenas discusses the government's reaction to the article 50 ruling and diversity in law.

    14 November 2016
    Blog

    Collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data

    Practice note on managing SRA requirements for measuring levels of diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce.

    3 October 2016
    Practice note

    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

    Women and innovation - speech by Catherine Dixon

    On 20 September Law Society CEO Catherine Dixon spoke at the International Bar Association conference in Washington DC.

    21 September 2016
    Speech

    Client care information

    This practice note provides examples of how you can communicate all of the information required to your clients in a clear and effective manner.

    5 September 2016
    Practice note

    The story of a Returner: finding your path

    Jane, a Returner’s Course Alumni, talks about how the course helped her return to work.

    18 August 2016
    Feature
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