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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

  • 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

    Legal profession launches Women in Law Pledge

    The Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives launch a Woman in Law Pledge to build a more equal profession for all.

    20 June 2019
    Press release

    Professions must unite to attain global gender equality

    Professional bodies around the world have a key role in achieving global gender equality in the law, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

    19 June 2019
    Press release

    Legal profession must tackle bullying and harassment head on

    Law Society president Christina Blacklaws today reiterated that we will not tolerate sexual harassment or bullying in the legal sector.

    15 May 2019
    Press release

    How well women do in legal careers may depend on where they live - Law Society research

    New research released by the Law Society suggests that how far senior women can go in their legal careers may well depend on where they live.

    8 March 2019
    Press release

    Historic shift as women outnumber men practising as solicitors

    As the solicitor profession becomes increasingly diverse, pressure is growing for greater equality in the workplace, the Law Society said.

    18 June 2018
    Press release
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