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Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

  • The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession, reflecting the diversity of our society. We provide an opportunity for solicitors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and their allies to have their voice for heard, allowing us to represent you effectively.

    What does the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division do?

    The Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD) supports and promotes solicitors and their allies through the provision of career-enhancing events, information and networking opportunities.

    We provide an opportunity for you to make your voice heard, comply with regulatory and compliance issues, run your practice and develop your career.

    The EMLD was developed to facilitate greater engagement between ethnic minority solicitors and the Law Society. The division encourages solicitors to use their experiences and expertise to support aspiring solicitors or colleagues seeking to progress in the legal sector.

    Why should I join?

    Make your voice heard by engaging with the Law Society on diversity matters. Membership of the EMLD is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies.

    Members benefit from:

    • specialised events and training
    • networking opportunities
    • regular e-newsletters and updates
    • access to a community of ethnic minority lawyers
    • voting rights for division seats on the Law Society‚Äôs governing council

    Join the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

    To join the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Ethnic minority 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 ethnicminoritylawyers@lawsociety.org.uk

    Find out about the EMLD committee

  • News from the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

  • Register Our Marriage campaign: Pioneering for equality for faith marriages

    Jerry Garvey and Siddique Patel discuss the Register Our Marriage campaign, which encourages couples to legally register their faith marriages.

    30 August 2019
    Audio

    Disability, race and sexuality intersectionality conversation - part two

    Harun Tulunay sits down with Yasmin Sheikh to discuss his experience as a gay and ethnic minority man living with HIV.

    18 April 2019
    Audio

    The benefits of role modelling

    Umar Kankiya and Leena Savjani draw attention to the importance of role models in aspiring and inspiring people to achieve their goals.

    8 April 2019
    Audio

    Practical tips on becoming a partner: How difficult is it to obtain partnership?

    Marcia Longdon and Leena Savjani share their journeys to partnership and explore whether there is room at the top for BAME lawyers.

    8 April 2019
    Audio

    The importance of celebrating diversity in the legal calendar

    Celebrating diversity in the legal calendar is one way of highlighting the contribution ethnic minority lawyers make to the profession.

    21 March 2019
    Audio

    Bringing your whole self to work: Through the lens of a BAME woman lawyer

    Ruihua Wang and Marcia Longdon explore why BAME women have different experiences in the workplace to their white women peers.

    20 March 2019
    Audio
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