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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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    WILL: New London women's legal network

    WILL (Women In Law London) is a new network aimed at associate-level women in London. This article outlines the aims, members and future work of the new network, and how you can get involved

    20 October 2014
    Feature

    Diversity in the profession

    This short report highlights the diversity profile of solicitors.

    21 May 2014
    Advice

    Women working in law: would you do it all again?

    Leah Glover, a trainee solicitor at DWF and member of the Women Lawyers Division, discusses a panel set up to help students considering a career in the profession.

    5 November 2013
    Feature

    Career barriers action plan

    An action plan that outlines steps to help address barriers to the profession

    27 March 2013
    Advice

    Instructing a barrister: new standard contractual terms

    New standard contractual terms for instructing a barrister come into force on 31 January 2013. This practice note gives advice on the new arrangements and proposes additional or alternative terms that you may wish to negotiate with a barrister.

    24 January 2013
    Practice notes

    Equality and diversity requirements: SRA Handbook

    This practice note includes examples of behaviours which may enable adherence to the outcomes, as well as examples of behaviours which would not. It also sets out how the Law Society can assist you and your practice in this area.

    18 July 2012
    Practice note

    Equality Act 2010

    This practice note sets out solicitors' duties as service providers and employers under the Equality Act 2010 ('the Equality Act').

    2 May 2012
    Practice note

    Communities

    Home of the Law Socieyty's communities and membership networks

    20 April 2012
    Information

    Initial interviews

    This practice note outlines how effective communication of key information to the potential client will reduce the chances of disputes arising later in the retainer.

    6 October 2011
    Practice note

    Positive action

    This practice note sumarises the law relating to positive action; explains what the new provisions mean for practitioners and provides examples of how and when the provisions could be used.

    6 October 2011
    Practice note
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