I am really excited to be launching our first conference for women in law. By addressing the barriers to women’s careers and providing the insight needed to achieve your career goals, we aim to propel the legal profession towards a responsible and inclusive future.
Read more: Why should I attend?
Why are we holding this event?
Although the legal profession has become more broadly representative of society over the last twenty years, with more women and minority ethnic groups entering it, the profession remains heavily influenced by class, gender and ethnicity. The most senior positions at law firms, barristers’ chambers and in the judiciary are still overwhelmingly dominated by one group – white, privileged men. Although there has been widespread acknowledgement that this is a problem, calls for real change have been met with a lack of enthusiasm from those at the top and industry-wide inertia. It is evident that industry stereotypes are hindering equality.
Events like the Women in Law Summit are a place where people develop and strengthen their careers, and where they are exposed to new ideas. Therefore, it is important for an event of this kind to be inclusive – both women and men are welcome. The more people we have as part of the conversation, the further we can push for change.
This event will empower you with new skills, provide practical strategies for improving diversity and inclusion, and give deep insight into how the face of law is evolving.
We need to take responsibility for positively driving the industry towards a fairer future. The fight for equality is on.
What to expect
You’ll be inspired by the experiences of industry leaders, and be empowered to make a real contribution to D&I within your organisation.
You will hear from a variety of individuals who have forged their careers within the legal profession. You will learn about leadership development, why law firms must embrace change to survive, the importance of being female-orientated in a male-dominated world and how to raise your voice.
You will leave the event feeling empowered to encourage women (and men) to push for progress and help get more women to the top.
I am thrilled to have Alexandra Marks CBE and Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC participating in a panel that will discuss their personal journeys into the world of law. They will be sharing their thoughts on what’s already changed within the legal sector and why the current situation is creating an opportunity to create an environment where more women can thrive.
Other highlights include Olivia Balson, Head of Legal Services at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, who will be talking about the importance of creating an inclusive culture to support diversity and retention. Diversity goes beyond ticking a box, it is about creating a workforce that embraces differences – differences that are valued, desired and leveraged by the organisation as a whole. Cathy Mattis, Head of Legal Project Management at Herbert Smith Freehills will also be joining us to discuss work/life integration and the notion that it is possible to ‘have it all’!
Be part of it
Join our community, broaden your connections and share advice!
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