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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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    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

    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

    The Women in Law Literature Review

    The Law Society has released its academic findings on the position of women solicitors in the profession.

    14 March 2019
    News

    Women in Leadership in Law report: The need for gender equality in the legal profession

    This report examines the top findings from the 225 women's roundtable discussions held as part of our Women in Leadership in Law project.

    8 March 2019
    Research

    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

    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

    Interview with Ateeqa Rajwani, Women Lawyers Division committee member

    To mark International Women's Day, we spoke to Ateeqa Rajwani about how to participate and her thoughts on diversity and inclusion in law.

    6 March 2019
    Feature

    Reflections on 100 years of progress for International Women's Day

    Our president Christina blogs that International Women's Day is a chance to celebrate and remember the pioneers who have gone before us, and to take stock of all that has been achieved. 

    6 March 2019
    Blog

    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

    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
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