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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

    Find out about the EMLD committee

  • News from the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

  • The legal observer

    Maria Seale, Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division committee member, attended a Council meeting at the Law Society and shared her experiences.

    19 March 2019

    What is it like to be BAME and LGBT+ at work?

    Netanya Clixby discusses challenges, unexpected benefits and how BAME and LGBT+ networks can collaborate.

    4 June 2018

    Cordella Bart Stewart talks about inspiration

    Cordella Bart Stewart talks about what inspires her to become a lawyer and the progress made for BAME solicitors.

    19 April 2016

    Classical dancer to lawyer

    Janaka Mehta is the first classical Indian dancer to perform at the Law Society Diwali event. We caught up with her after the event and asked her about her two passions - classical Indian dancing and the law.

    15 January 2016

    From Afghan refugee to city commercial lawyer

    Jasleen Kaur shares her story of overcoming the odds to become a lawyer.

    14 January 2016

    Irwin Mitchell pioneers initiative to produce more future BME partners and senior lawyers

    There is considerable evidence that more firms are supporting the need to recruit more BME talent, but what happens for that generation of talent when they tread on the escalator of partnership. Current research shows they are not faring as well.

    22 October 2015

    Starting fresh

    Zarina Bostan talks about her journey to becoming an LPC graduate

    1 October 2015

    The road less travelled

    Raman Thandi shares her experiences about her route into the profession.

    1 October 2015

    Partner organisations

    We are working with a steering group representing a number of key external organisations to develop this new division and portal for ethnic minority lawyers.

    8 January 2015
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