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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

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    Interview with Kayleigh Leonie for Mental Health Awareness Week

    Kayleigh Leonie speaks about her role on Council, the results of the resilience and wellbeing survey, and mental health awareness.

    10 April 2019
    Feature

    Influence the future of your profession

    Emily Cooper explains why you should attend our international symposium on the power of gender equality to transform the business of law.

    3 April 2019
    Feature

    Inspirational women solicitors in the regions - Glynis Wright

    Glynis Wright, winner of Small Law Firm of the Year 2018, tells us how winning an Excellence Award has positively impacted her firm.

    3 April 2019
    Feature

    Law firms - the future of work

    Dame Janet Gaymer examines the future of working in law, and how firms will need to adapt in order to retain talent.

    27 March 2019
    Feature

    Q&A with Penelope Warne, the senior partner and head of energy at CMS

    Penelope shares her career highlights, advice for ensuring a successful merger, and how gender diversity can be increased in the profession.

    27 March 2019
    Feature

    Diversity and equality - why it's so important

    As an Asian woman, mother and lawyer, Amandeep Khasriya is passionate about raising awareness of the barriers faced by women in law.

    6 March 2019
    Feature

    Empowerment: An insight from our talent liberator

    Rachel Brushfield, the talent liberator, is delivering a workshop on 12 March focusing on confidence building, self-awareness, and personal leadership

    11 February 2019
    Feature

    Women in law

    As Christina Blacklaws takes the reins as new Law Society president, one of her presidential themes is women in leadership in law. How can lawyers and local law societies in the regions help?

    9 July 2018
    Feature

    Women, leadership and the law

    2017 was a hugely significant year for women lawyers, who are now the majority (50.2%) of practising solicitors in England and Wales. Yet, of the 30,000 partners in private practice, only 28% of partners are women.

    6 March 2018
    Feature

    Q&A with Sue Millar

    Sue Millar is a partner at Stephenson Harwood.

    7 November 2017
    Feature
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