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International Women’s Day 2021

As part of our programme of events to mark International Women’s Day, Law Society chief executive Paul Tennant speaks to vice president I. Stephanie Boyce and managing director at Thomson Reuters, Lucinda Case, about gender equality in the legal profession.

Stephanie and Lucinda discuss:

  • whether unconscious bias is still one of the most pervasive barriers to gender equality in the legal profession
  • the positive steps being taken by firms and organisations to tackle this
  • what more needs to be done in order to retain the best female talent at senior levels

They explore the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women in the law, including the challenges and opportunities brought about by working remotely, and what this could mean for future ways of working.

Paul also asks Stephanie and Lucinda what he and other male champions for change can do to remove the barriers to gender equality in the legal profession and why those in leadership roles need to be proactive in advocating for change.

How can you get involved?

One of the ways in which you can get involved in enacting positive change is by signing up to the Women in Law Pledge, which we launched in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Signatories to the pledge commit to setting high-level targets to make a difference for gender equality, either within their organisations or as advocates, and champions, for change.

You can find out more about the pledge and other ways to get involved, as well as a wealth of other resources such as our women in leadership in law toolkit, on our Women in Leadership in Law hub.


  • Paul Tennant, chief executive at the Law Society
  • I. Stephanie Boyce, vice president of the Law Society
  • Lucinda Case, managing director at Thomson Reuters
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