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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

    Find out about the WLD committee

  • News from the Women Lawyers Division

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    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

    WILL: New London women's legal network

    WILL (Women In Law London) is a new network aimed at associate-level women in London. This article outlines the aims, members and future work of the new network, and how you can get involved

    20 October 2014

    Diversity in the profession

    This short report highlights the diversity profile of solicitors.

    21 May 2014

    Awards and lectures: lifetime achievement award

    Information about the Women Lawyers Division's lifetime achievement award.

    7 March 2014

    Interviews with women lawyers

    Watch and read interviews with inspiring women lawyers.

    7 March 2014

    Women lawyers' networking groups

    Support and networking groups for women lawyers.

    7 March 2014

    About your Women Lawyers Division

    Information about the services and activities of the Law Society's Women Lawyers Division

    7 March 2014

    Women working in law: would you do it all again?

    Leah Glover, a trainee solicitor at DWF and member of the Women Lawyers Division, discusses a panel set up to help students considering a career in the profession.

    5 November 2013

    Career barriers action plan

    An action plan that outlines steps to help address barriers to the profession

    27 March 2013

    Instructing a barrister: new standard contractual terms

    New standard contractual terms for instructing a barrister come into force on 31 January 2013. This practice note gives advice on the new arrangements and proposes additional or alternative terms that you may wish to negotiate with a barrister.

    24 January 2013
    Practice notes
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