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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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    Say My Name capmaign

    The Law Society along with support from the WLD and EMLD are launching a video project.

    16 January 2017
    News

    Article 50 and women in the law

    Alexandra Cardenas discusses the government's reaction to the article 50 ruling and diversity in law.

    14 November 2016
    Blog

    Collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data

    Practice note on managing SRA requirements for measuring levels of diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce.

    3 October 2016
    Practice note

    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

    Unbundling civil legal services

    This practice note explains the procedure behind offering unbundled - partial retainer - legal services to clients, and offers advice for avoiding some of the risks involved.

    4 April 2016
    Practice note

    Equal pay

    This practice note covers the law underpinning the right to equal pay and suggests steps firms should take to address equal pay.

    4 November 2015
    Practice note
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