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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 Wolf 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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    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

    Woman statues: what is the big deal?

    Catherine Slattery, solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and Women Lawyers Division committee member, talks about the new Emmeline Pankhurst statue to be installed in Manchester city centre.

    13 April 2017
    Feature

    Advocacy in the youth court: where expertise matters

    Laura Cooper of the Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) offers her best practice advice for working with children in the criminal justice system, and provides details of upcoming youth court advocacy training delivered by the Law Society and the YJLC.

    16 February 2017
    Feature

    The story of a Returner: finding your path

    Jane, a Returner's Course Alumni, talks about how the course helped her return to work.

    18 August 2016
    Feature

    What the PA Knew: Dawn Dixon

    Solicitor, author and committee member of the Women Lawyers Division, Dawn talks about her new book and the challenges she faced within the legal profession.

    17 August 2016
    Feature

    Self promotion part two - solutions and tips

    This is part two of a two part article about women lawyers and self-promotion by Rachel Brushfield, Career strategist and coach. 

    29 July 2016
    Feature

    Self Promotion part one - insights

    This is part one of a two part series about women lawyers and self-promotion by Rachel Brushfield, Career strategist and coach.

    28 July 2016
    Feature

    A helping hand: Funke Abimbola

    Funke Abimbola talks about the challenges women face in building a career in the legal profession, and the importance of networking.

    5 April 2016
    Feature
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