Law Society: Women in leadership in law – 17 June

The legal profession is changing. Women solicitors now make up over half of the profession (52%). However, progress towards achieving gender balance at senior levels is slower – less than a third of partners (31%) in private practice firms are women. The pandemic also threatens to derail the momentum that has been building to get more women in leadership in law. According to a recent Law Society poll, the majority of women solicitors believe the pandemic will have a negative impact on gender equality in the profession, making the need to focus on diversity and inclusion and drive change even more important.

In this event, the Law Society will reflect on a year where the pandemic radically changed ways of working. They will consider the opportunities and challenges for women’s career progression, work-life balance, and mental health and well-being. They will look at how existing gender equality initiatives, including the Law Society’s Women in Law Pledge, can be effective levers for change. The distinguished panel will discuss issues such as the role of senior leaders and target setting in driving change, how to build an inclusive culture, and the need to address the differential outcomes for different groups of women.

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Bristol Law Society Webinar: You are on mute! Lessons from Lockdown – 12 May

Bristol Law Society in association with LawCare invites WLD members to an online panel discussion “You are on mute! Lessons from Lockdown! on 12 May at 1pm (via Zoom).

WLD Chair, Coralie McKeivor will be chairing the panel. She will be joined by:

  • Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare,
  • Ellen Netto, Solicitor at VWV and National Rep for Bristol JLD
  • Edward Thompson, Associate at Battens Solicitors
  • Caroline Turner-Inskip, Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Martin Palmer, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Clarke Willmott.

The panellists will share their views and experiences over the past 12 months, particularly in relation to flexible and remote working, managing their work/life balance and the impact that this has had on their wellbeing as well as their views on the return to the office and a new normal way of working.

They will also be considering the impact the last 12 months have had on the legal profession as a whole and opportunities going forward.

Law Society: Skills Audit for Returning to the Profession

The Law Society is running a free webinar on 13 May 2021 between 14:00-15:30 for solicitors across all levels of PQE who are seeking to return to law following a career break or those considering changing career direction / re-invention.

Find out more and sign up here.