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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‚Äôs 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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    Flexible working

    This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.

    14 August 2015
    Practice notes

    Glynis Wright: Taking the leap

    Glynis Wright, sole director of Glynis Wright & Co, shares her experience of starting a legal career at 40, and setting up her own niche firm.

    27 July 2015
    Feature

    One woman's experience: returner course

    Tanya Berridge-Burley, solicitor, found herself attending our returner course to regain her confidence. She relates her positive experience and how she realised that she was not alone after all.

    27 July 2015
    Feature

    Social media

    Advice on using social media to promote your business and the benefits and risks of using social media.

    18 June 2015
    Practice note

    Returning to work when the time is right for you

    Rosalind Hughes explains how the Women's Lawyers Division (WLD) Returner Course and getting experience in the Citizens Advice Bureau helped her return to work

    27 May 2015
    Feature

    Back to work: The returner course

    Rachael Williams discusses how the WLD Returner course in October 2014 helped her return to work in early 2015.

    31 March 2015
    Feature

    Conflict of interests

    An overview of conflict of interests in the SRA's new Handbook. This information on conflict of interests looks very different to that provided in the 2007 Code and, in line with outcomes-focused regulation, there is much less information and guidance.

    3 March 2015
    Practice note

    Womens' networking groups

    We round up some of the networking groups run for women, including advocacy groups, consulting and advice services, and groups in the charity sector.

    31 December 2014
    Information

    Returnships and other routes back to law after a career break

    In 2014, a new route back to work opened up for returning professionals in the UK: the returning professional internship (returnship). Katerina Gould and Julianne Miles explain how it works

    10 December 2014
    Feature

    The Cityparents network

    Citymothers and Cityfathers are inclusive networks for City professionals who have a shared interest in balancing family life with a progressive career. Louisa Symington-Mills Talks about its creation and aims.

    29 October 2014
    Feature
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