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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 womenlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk

    Find out about the WLD committee

  • News from the Women Lawyers Division

  • Why you should sign the Women in Law Pledge

    Chris Seel talks to Julie-Anne Johnston about why Hogan Lovells wanted to be one of the first firms to sign the Women in Law Pledge.

    23 October 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

    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

    Women in law: Women presidents of the Law Society

    President Christina Blacklaws speaks with the four past women presidents of the Law Society about gender diversity in the profession.

    25 February 2019
    Audio
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