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Law Society blog - Diversity and inclusion

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What is the point of Black History Month?

03 October 2019

Jerry Garvey, Law Society diversity and inclusion adviser, asks the hard question.

The Register our Marriage campaign is pioneering for equality for unregistered faith marriages

17 September 2019

Siddique Patel, solicitor at Shoosmiths specialising in Islamic family law, discusses a campaign for equality for faith marriages.

How to communicate with autistic people at work

21 August 2019

Simon Day is a copywriter and blogger who specialises in writing about health and safety and autism. He recently discovered he has autism.

The legal future of accessible aviation for all

05 August 2019

Mary Doyle, founder of Rocket Girl Coaching, and an accessible aviation consultant, trainer, and writer, discusses flying as a wheelchair user and what is required.

We must do more to prevent women being 'lost to the law'

24 July 2019

Linden Thomas, President of Birmingham Law Society, discusses three new initiatives to address gender inequality at the most senior levels of the law.

7 reasons why Cartridges Law were at Exeter Pride in 2019 for the 11th year running

03 June 2019

Bridget Garrood is a consultant solicitor at Cartridges Law, and  a member of  The Law Society's LGBT+ Lawyers Division.

Westminster weekly update: Ministry of Justice reshuffle

13 May 2019

Your weekly update from the Law Society’s public affairs team on all the latest developments and debates in Parliament and across Whitehall.

We all need allies

12 February 2019

As with many good things in life, the London Bisexual Network (LBN) started over a bottle of wine in a noisy City bar, explains Max Rossiter, trainee solicitor.

Diversity is better for business

04 December 2018

There are many reasons why we as a profession need to get better at accommodating people with disabilities. 

Black History Month 2018: celebrating diversity in our profession

01 October 2018

This year marks the 9th year in which the Law Society is celebrating Black History Month. It's particularly heartening to see the number of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) solicitors has continued to increase.

Alphabet soup: How to refer to my LGBTTQI+ colleague

02 July 2018

The alphabet soup LGBTTQI+ of sexual orientation and gender identity only gets larger. Referring to someone who is not straight or cisgender may be a challenge to a lot of people. 

When silence isn’t golden: finding your voice as young women lawyers

05 March 2018

“Feel empowered. And if you start to do it, if you start to feel your voice heard, you will never go back.”  Mary Robinson

LGBT representation in the legal profession: What has changed and what needs to change?

05 February 2018

It’s the 13th LGBT History Month 2018, the celebration of the LGBT community in the UK. What progress has been made and what challenges do we still face? 

100 Years since women became people

01 November 2017

We’re all familiar with the saying ‘men are from Mars and women are from Venus’, less well known is that, not so long ago, women weren’t actually considered people at all! 

Bi Visibility Day - a trainee's experience of being out in a City firm

22 September 2017

As well as being a trainee at Reed Smith, I’m also a bisexual man. This Bisexual Visibility Day I want to reflect on my journey into the profession - and how the legal sector’s understanding of bisexuality and LGBT issues has changed during this time.

Calling all ethnic minority and LGBT solicitors - your Law Society needs you

19 April 2017

We want you to have your say in the work of the Law Society, and to help you get the maximum benefit from your membership.

#SayMyName (correctly please!)

20 March 2017

Our names are part of our identity, so it can have an impact on us when they’re pronounced incorrectly. To mark the UN End Racism Day 21 March, the Law Society is asking what’s in a name for #SayMyName. Bansi Desai explains why it’s important to her

Second Reading debate of the Prisons and Courts Bill and its implications for access to justice

20 March 2017

This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.

Seven reasons why the legal profession needs International Women’s Day

02 March 2017

Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and highlight the challenges that still have to be overcome. Suzanne Gallagher and Shereen Semnani offer seven reasons why the legal profession needs to sit up and take notice.

Homeless at 16, qualified solicitor at 28

15 February 2017

Keiley Ann Broadhead was homeless at 16 and lived in a hostel during her A-Levels. 12 years later, she is a qualified and award-winning in-house solicitor. She explains how the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme helped her achieve her dream

Regulation of legal services in 2017

24 January 2017

Robert Bourns considers the Competition and Markets Authority report on competition in the legal services market, developments on the SRA handbook and Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and potential changes to professional indemnity insurance.

Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

22 September 2016

In advance of Black History Month, Jerry Garvey and Barbara Whitehorne consider issues around diversity in the legal profession, and explain what the Law Society is doing to help.

Pride: why we march

30 June 2016

Kevin Poulter reflects on the Pride in London parade, and discusses equality for the LGBT community. 

Being out at work - why does it matter?

16 June 2016

Sarah Crowe considers the issues around coming out as LGBT in the workplace and provides some tips for law firms.

Stonewall: creating change

17 May 2016

As part of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOT), Duncan Wood outlines some top tips to help law firms ensure that they are inclusive places to work.

International Women’s Day: Two legal sector views

08 March 2016

For International Women's Day, Julie Ashdown and Leah Glover outline their views on how the legal sector can progress gender parity and support women.

Increasing diversity on our Council and committees

17 February 2016

Jerry Garvey considers some common misconceptions about the Law Society’s Council and provides three case studies of Council members from diverse backgrounds.

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