Networks and support for women lawyers
Association of Women Solicitors London
AWS London is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community for women lawyers. Membership is for solicitors as well as students, paralegals and trainees intending to become solicitors. Associate membership includes other women working in the law, chartered legal executives, barristers, judges and lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions.
AWSL promotes and supports women's interests in the legal profession. It enables professional development through educational events, networking, social and mentoring opportunities and provides a forum for members’ achievements on its website and its newsletter.
A key theme is promoting a community of lawyers who are relaxed and open so that they can support each other in their careers. To join as a member or to receive their e-mails, sign up on the website.
Association of Women Solicitors Manchester
The Association of Women Solicitors Manchester Branch (AWS Manchester) was set up in the early 1980s. It has an active committee whose objective is to bring together women solicitors from Manchester and its environs.
The committee’s brief is to hold events where women solicitors can network. These events provide a convivial forum to listen to and engage in discussions on key issues affecting women solicitors in the profession today and to support and help promote AWS members at every stage of their career.
Women In Law London
WILL was officially launched in October 2014 as a network aimed at associate-level solicitors in private practice and in-house. Since that time, it has acquired over 1,800 members and champions across London, representing both private practice and in-house lawyers at over 350 different firms and companies.
Association of Asian Women Lawyers
The Association of Asian Women Lawyers (AAWL) was set up in 2001. Membership spans from judges, QC’s, barristers, solicitors, legal executives to trainees, pupils and university students. AAWL is a non-profit making organisation.
American Women Lawyers in London
American Women Lawyers in London (AWLL) is an organisation of London-based women with ties to the American legal community whose aim is to provide professional development support to its members through educational events, networking and mentoring opportunities and promotion of their achievements via their website.
Women Returners started from its founders’ personal experience of taking extended career breaks after corporate careers and looking for a route back to fulfilling work.
On an individual level, they are strongly motivated to support women to develop satisfying careers which include breaks, and to help women returners to move forward confidently. On an organisational level, their aim is to create more flexible career paths which remove the current career gap penalty.
African Women Lawyers’ Association (AWLA)
AWLA exists to help women of African and Caribbean descent within the field of law at every stage of their career. AWLA are committed to helping their members to achieve equality of access, retention and promotion within the legal sector.
They welcome people from all cultures and backgrounds who support AWLA’s aims and objectives. For more information, and to join, please visit AWLA’s website.
LawCare support and promote good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community throughout the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey.
LawCare’s mission is to help the legal community with personal or professional concerns that may be affecting their mental health and wellbeing, and to promote understanding of how and when to seek help, without fear or stigma.
The Reignite Academy
The Reignite Academy provides opportunities for lawyers to return to work after a career break, through tailored returnship programmes and direct recruitment.
Reignite run regular free webinars to advise lawyers on how to approach the recruitment market, how to use LinkedIn, and how to mobilise your network to find a new role.