With diversity and inclusion such a high profile issue within our profession and society generally, the Law Society and its LGBT+ Lawyers Division (LGBT+LD) have a packed programme of events to mark LGBT History Month in February.
In particular, we are doing things a little differently this year to increase our engagement across England and Wales.
We have offered a variety of firms and organisations the opportunity to work together, and we are delighted to be partnering with them.
See how we can help with your event
Please see the highlights below, and email LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk if you would like more details.
Find out how to join the LGBT+ Lawyers Division and a bit more about the Division. If you would like to join our LGBT+LD committee, we are currently recruiting - email LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk for further details.
The rainbow flag will be flying over our Chancery Lane building throughout the month.
London - Law Society speed networking event (1 February)
Kicking off History Month there is a chance to network with LGBT+ solicitors from both in house and law firms, law students, trainees, barristers and legal executives. Learn general and LGBT+ specific networking skills, and put them into operation with both formal and informal sessions.
Leeds - LGBT+ Panel Event at Leeds Law Society (7 February)
Rachel Reese, vice chair LGBT+LD and director of Global Butterflies, joins a panel to discuss LGBT+ issues and awareness within the legal sector and the city of Leeds.
Birmingham - LGBT+LD drinks (13 February)
Join members of the LGBT+LD committee for an informal drink with other members of the Division from 5pm in a central location. For further details please email LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk
London - Bindmans panel event (13 February)
Jonathan Wheeler, LGBT+LD committee member and managing partner of Bolt Burdon Kemp, and others discuss ‘A celebration of LGBT History Month milestones: Watershed moments past and present’.
London - RPC panel event (15 February)
Chris Seel, diversity and inclusion adviser at the Law Society, joins others at this evening panel event discussing the effects of the Admiral Duncan bombing 20 years ago.
Cardiff - Law Society Welsh D&I forum speed networking event (21 February)
As with the London event on 1 February, attendees can learn networking skills and practice them with those from across the legal profession.
Bristol - RPC trans panel event (21 February)
Bridget Garrood, LGBT+LD committee member and partner at Cartridges Law, and others discuss how much change the Gender Recognition Act has made in the 15 years since it was enacted.
Leeds - Leeds LGBT Diversity Group panel event (27 February)
Chris Seel, diversity and inclusion adviser at the Law Society, will be amongst those discussing 'Breakthrough moments: LGBT people and the law'. For further details of this evening event email email@example.com or LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk
Cheltenham - Charles Russell Speechlys drinks (28 February)
Chris Seel will join an informal panel to discuss diversity in the workplace, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+. Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com or LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk for further details.