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Women Lawyers Division

  • The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession, reflecting the diversity of our society. The Women Lawyers Division supports and advises all women solicitors and aspiring women solicitors, from trainees to retirees.
    We provide an opportunity for women solicitors to have their voice for heard. Our members work in private practice, and in-house within corporate, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

    What does the Women Lawyers Division do?

    We are dedicated to meeting the needs of all women solicitors. We deliver key news, regulatory and management information and bring together our services that are relevant to you.

    • We share expertise and experience, and celebrate the achievements of women solicitors.
    • We commission articles from leading women lawyers and legal commentators, on issues of importance to women in the law, as well as practical support and guidance, including on career development.
    • We host an annual conference and the Fiona Woolf lecture.
    • Our Returner course provides solicitors, men and women, with the tools they need to enable them to return to the profession after a career break

    Why should I join?

    Make your voice heard by engaging with the Law Society on diversity matters. Membership of the Women Lawyers Division is free, and is open to all solicitors, aspiring solicitors and their allies.
    Members benefit from:

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

    Join the Women Lawyers Division

    To join the Women Lawyers Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Women 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 WLD committee

  • News from the Women Lawyers Division

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    A day in the life of a young female partner in a regional firm

    Zoë Paton-Crockett, partner and head of Commercial Property at North West law firm Butcher & Barlow, shares her path to law. 

    17 March 2020

    Menopause in the workplace

    Mridula Pore answers questions about the impact of the menopause on women in the workplace and how employers can provide better support.

    5 March 2020

    Q&A with I. Stephanie Boyce

    We speak to I. Stephanie Boyce, deputy vice president of the Law Society, about her ambitions for a diverse, rewarding and vibrant profession.

    26 February 2020

    Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, where are we now

    Coral Hill is Associate Professor at The University of Law and a non-practising solicitor. She reviews The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and where the profession is now.

    20 January 2020

    Advocacy and the vulnerable training

    We run training courses to help solicitor advocates working with children and vulnerable witnesses practise more effectively.

    24 December 2019

    100 years of women in the law

    100 years ago today, the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed, allowing women to qualify as solicitors and barristers.

    23 December 2019
    Press release

    Celebrating the centenary of women in law: A major step towards equality and milestone worth marking

    100 years ago today, the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed. Amandeep Khasriya writes on its significance for women in Law.

    23 December 2019

    Passing the baton from the first century to the next: 100 years of women in law

    Dana Denis-Smith, founder of the First 100 Years project, looks at how far women in law have come and what still needs to change.

    6 December 2019

    Social media

    Advice on using social media to promote your business and the benefits and risks of using social media.

    5 December 2019
    Practice note

    Conflict of interests

    This practice note sets out guidance on identifying and managing situations where a conflict of interest arises.

    2 December 2019
    Practice note
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