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LGBT History Month 2018 - Law Society events

6 February 2018

At a time when our profession and clients are becoming more diverse, the Law Society and its LGBT+ Lawyers Division (LGBT+LD) have an exciting programme of events to mark LGBT History Month in February.

This year’s official theme is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. 2018 also marks 30 years since the notorious Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 criminalised the 'promotion' of homosexuality (and 15 years since its abolition in England and Wales). As well as reflecting these, our programme includes a variety of other items.

Please see the highlights below, and email if you would like more details.
Find out how to join the LGBT+ Lawyers Division

Law Society events

Inspirational event in London (22 February)

Panel discussion about the legacy of Section 28 and how far we have come since, including an international element given similar current legislation elsewhere. Also exploring the similarities between press coverage in 1988 and that relating to trans issues now.  
Find out more and book now

Division’s bi-monthly lunch and learn webinar programme (27 February)

Tim Barnden, partner and head of immigration at Bates Wells Braithwaite, will talk about LGBT+ immigration issues. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A from those calling in remotely – meaning people can participate wherever their location and ability to attend events.
Find out more and book now

Inspirational event in Bristol (28 February)

Similar panel discussion to that in London, but also referencing local issues.
Find out more and book now

Other events

Inaugural informal Division drinks (15 February)

A chance to meet members of the LGBT+LD committee and other members in an informal environment. No need to book – just come along to the upstairs bar at The Retro Bar, The Strand, London WC2N 6HH from 18:00.

Division committee members speaking at:

  • Cambridge University (LGBT Rights: What Has Changed and What Needs to Change) – Daniel Gerring, partner Travers Smith.
  • Hull University (Diversity and Equality in Work) – Kevin Poulter, partner Child & Child.
  • Interlaw (A Celebration of LGBT+ History Month from BAME Voices) – Nimmisha Aslam, associate Russell-Cooke.

Law Society Diversity & Inclusion team members speaking at:

Weightmans, Manchester. Sharing best practice to effect positive change for LGBT equality in our profession, 27 February from 18:00 – the Law Society and others in the profession will share their experiences and the support available. 
Please email Ayesha Oye to book your place

  • Pinsent Masons, London (LGBT+ and mental health). 

Press and newsletter features

Law Society Gazette

Items from Division committee members: Opinion piece - Adrià Moral, registered European Lawyer and Spanish abogado, Scornik Gerstein, talks about why History Month is needed. 
Read more

My Legal Life

Katrina Robinson, head of legal services Optivo and chair of the LGBT+ LD, will answer questions about her experiences.  

Daniel Gerring, partner Travers Smith and committee member of the LGBT+LD, will do similar. 

City Update newsletter

City Update will feature a podcast about the experiences of being  LGBT+ in the City, with committee member Esther McDermott (senior associate, Dentons) and Chris Seel (Law Society diversity and inclusion adviser (LGBT+)). 
Listen now


  • The rainbow flag will be flying over our Chancery Lane building throughout the month.
  • Law Society blog: Daniel Matchett, solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, talks about LGBT representation in the legal profession. 
  • Publications on the website: Topics include the treatment of LGBT+ refugees; posting of LGBT+ employees to less tolerant countries; and BAME voices.
  • Interlaw Winter Carnival (25 February) – the Law Society is co-sponsoring this event organised by Interlaw Diversity Forum, which serves as a major fundraiser for Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline.
  • Our bi-monthly Diversity and Inclusion newsletter will launch.



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