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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

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    LGBT+ celebration of Black History Month - part two

    Nimmisha Aslam continues her conversation with Yetunde Dania and Isaac Eloi.

    23 October 2019

    LGBT+ celebration of Black History Month

    To celebrate Black History Month, Nimmisha Aslam, Yetunde Dania and Isaac Eloi discuss the experiences of black LBGT+/ally members of the legal profession

    10 October 2019

    What is the point of Black History Month?

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

    3 October 2019

    The case for Black History Month - in conversation with HH Judge Barbara Mensah

    In the build-up to Black History Month, we hear the thoughts of one of the speakers at our inspirational evening on 4 October.

    26 September 2019

    Interview with Angeli Vadera, Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division committee member

    Angeli talks to us about Diwali, why it's important to mark faith holidays, and what her work with the EMLD and HLA entails.

    25 September 2019

    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

    Interview with Whitney Joseph

    We spoke with Whitney Joseph about her role as a social mobility ambassador and the bias, challenges and positives of social mobility.

    7 August 2019

    Seeking new Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division Committee members

    The EMLD was set up to help improve and support the experiences of BAME solicitors. We are looking for new members to join the committee.

    1 August 2019

    Submit your diversity and inclusion success story

    We are asking organisations across the legal profession to share their successful internal diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    3 July 2019

    Interview with Koser Shaheen, chair of the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division

    We spoke to Koser about the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Divsion and its aims and objectives.

    26 June 2019
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