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.

Race for Inclusion: the experiences of black and minority ethnic solicitors

The Law Society of England and Wales released new research earlier this month on the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors in the law and indicates how we can build a more inclusive profession.

“In the solicitors’ profession, 17.5% of practising certificate (PC) holders come from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. This is higher than the national average of 14.1% of the wider working population but 10% of this number is made up of Asian solicitors while only 3% of the profession identify as Black.”

During 2020 the Law Society has been working on research to understand the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors at different points in their careers.

Here are links to some of the recently published articles and resources which may of interest to members:

If you missed the launch event you can watch the recording here.

The Fawcett Society Announces Date of Equal Pay Day 2020

Equal Pay Day will be on 20th November 2020.

The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life, can confirm that Equal Pay Day 2020 (the day in the year when women effectively, on average, stop earning relative to men) will fall on 20th November.

Read the Equal Pay Day explainer here.

Experiencing Menopause in the Legal Profession

In partnership with Peppy Health, an organisation offering personalised menopause support, the Law Society have launched a comprehensive menopause support resource to help individuals and organisations understand the topic and the impact it can have.
Read the resource

Download the resource via Peppy’s website

The Law Society will be celebrating the release of this document, and Menopause Awareness Month, on Thursday 17 September with a free virtual event hosted by Peppy and supported by the Law Society.

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Infertility Awareness Week

How can an employer support their employees dealing with infertility?

It is important for organisations to take a proactive approach when it comes to infertility, particularly as statistics show that one in six couples are affected by it.

It is important for employers to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing the topic and feel supported when they do so. The Law Society makes several suggestions regarding how this can be done:

  • Employee Communications – Use opportunities such as Infertility Awareness Week (19-25 April) and other dates in the diversity calendar to raise awareness. It is important that resources are made available and that all staff see communications on topics that are not often discussed.
  • Start a Staff Support Group – People may feel more comfortable to share with their peers and so staff networks and support groups within those networks are a great way to encourage support within your organisation. Employees will have a safe space to share experiences or worries and receive help and advice from others in a similar situation. Such groups can be operated very discretely, and with membership kept private – so long as there is at least one named person for people to contact.
  • Work with charities and support networks to help create new and inclusive policies
  • Treat fertility appointments as you would all medical or maternity appointments
  • Offer Bereavement Counselling to those who have experienced miscarriage or baby loss.

Links & Resources: