Law Society: Step by Step Guide to Returning to the Profession Webinar

The Law Society is running a free webinar on 17 March from 2pm for individuals seeking to return to the profession following a career break.

The webinar will explore considerations and options for returning to the profession. You will hear from former City lawyer-turned-career coach Husnara Begum who will provide a step-by-step guide to returning to the legal profession.

Sign up to the webinar here.

Round up of IWD Events 2021

Here is our Round-Up of International Women’s Day Events that you might be interested in attending:

3 March

4 March

8 March

10 March

11 March

If you are aware of any other events that would be relevant to our membership, please drop us an email or add to the comments.

Law Society International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

In 2021 the Law Society will mark the year slightly differently to previous years, with a virtual event where they will be launching their joint Law Society and Bates Wells International Women in Law report “Practical Toolkit for Women in Law“. This webinar will highlight and disseminate the report’s key findings and recommendations. 

This report reinforces the findings of the 2019 Law Society report ‘Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession through greater Gender Equality’, that there are still considerable challenges for women’s progression in the legal profession. This report suggests a series of activities that can be undertaken by individuals and organisations to continue striving for gender equality. One of the key findings is the importance of law societies and bar associations in taking robust leadership for accelerating transformative changes in this area within their own jurisdictions.

Written under extraordinary circumstances generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the report addresses the unparalleled set of challenges currently being faced by woman around the world. The report also highlights that there has been greater flexibility and more agile working resulting from the ‘working from home’ policy, which has contributed to changing attitudes towards working from home that has been made feasible and manageable due to technology. But this has also led to an increase in home-based burdens. Therefore, it is important to establish boundaries between home and work, which have become more blurred; so, a careful approach is needed. Sexual harassment continues to be a stubborn scourge in many workplaces, but that most women avoid talking about this issue due to the stigma attached and for fear that they will not be believed or will suffer a backlash for speaking out.

Learning objectives

This webinar will offer an opportunity to learn about;

  • Findings of the joint Law Society / Bates & Wells report on support mechanisms for women lawyers around the world
  • Challenges faced by women lawyers internationally
  • Strategies for improving gender equality in the legal sector
  • Sharing tools and best practice
  • Male champions for change
  • Women leadership in law

This event is also:

  • An opportunity to learn more about the Law Society’s international women in law programme work and to find out how to get involved
  • An opportunity to learn about the role of lawyers in upholding gender equality from a panel of experts 
  • A virtual networking opportunity


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome remarks
David Greene, President, The Law Society

14:05 – 14:10 Pre-recorded video message from Commonwealth Secretariat Baroness Scotland to the legal community

14:10 – 14:25 Keynote speaker
Gabriella Ramos, Assistant Director – General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

14:25 – 14:30 Panel introduction
Christoph Sicking, Chair of the Law Society International Committee & Assistant General Counsel, EBRD

14:30 – 15:00 Panel discussion
Co-authors – Lizzette Robleto de Howarth and Melanie Carter
Interviewee – Brooke Holden, Principal, Lipman Karas – Hong Kong
Discussant – Amandeep Khasriya, Senior Associate, Moore Barlow / WLD-UK 

15:00 – 15:25 Q&A session

15:25 – 15:30 Closing remarks
Christoph Sicking, Chair of the Law Society International Committee & EBRD Senior Counsel 

Sign up for this event here.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Women Mean Biz – 8 March

Women Mean Biz are passionate about supporting women in business from all walks of life, to be the best that they can be, find fulfilment, joy and financial freedom. This year Women Mean Biz is hosting their own IWD event, supported by lots of supporting partners including the Women Lawyers Division Bristol.

All women are invited to join this online event on 8th March 2021:

TIME: 10am to 11.30am
ONLINE via Zoom
TICKETS: £10 inc vat (ticket sales will be donated to WMB’s chosen charity, SHE)

This 90 minute IWD event will bring together women in business across all sectors to celebrate International Women’s Day! 

You will have the opportunity to hear from two inspirational speakers as well as contribute to discussions around the impact of, and solutions to, every-day sexism, gender-based violence, within a culture of misogyny and inequality. There will also be some networking too, using the break out rooms for people to connect and find out about each other, and what IWD means to each of you.


Mayda Mapondera – Founder of our charity for this event, SHE.  We will hear about the amazing and important work that SHE are doing to give young orphaned girls in rural Zimbabwe a chance for an education, and hope for an independent future.    

Sophie Turner – talking about “What skills do we need to Challenge effectively?” Sophie is the Founder of #YesSheCan, an organisation that helps women to break their career glass ceiling and works alongside progressive businesses to positively impact Diversity & Inclusion. Sophie is a qualified D&I professional who will be sharing her knowledge so you can learn what skills are needed to challenge effectively.

Book your place here.

The non-conforming lawyer. International Women’s Day Webinar with Alice Stephenson in association with Bristol Law Society on 8th March

Join us for our International Women’s Day event on 8 March at 1 pm in association with Bristol Law Society.

Reserve your place here

Women’s health: let’s talk about endometriosis

In this podcast from the Law Society Women Lawyers Division, they explore endometriosis, specifically offering advice to women throughout the profession on how to cope. The speakers also discuss suggestions to employers on how to better support women who suffer from endometriosis.

Find our more here.

Legal Women – February 2021

Legal Women is a UK quarterly publication for all UK women working in law. Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, is a critical issue for all private practice and legal departments in UK industry and commerce. The magazine captures the initiatives of women working in law and gives practical steps and guidance to create real change.

Read the latest edition of Legal Women Magazine here.