6/3/15 – International Women’s Day Seminar

training and eventsOn Friday 6th March 2015 the Law Society will be hosting a seminar to mark International Women’s Day 2015. We want to use this event as an opportunity to identify and respond to the key issues impeding the progress of women in the law and critically to identify future strategies to ensure that more senior women advance to leadership position.

The responsibility for this cannot be left exclusively with HR practitioners or women themselves to deliver – men holding senior positions in legal practices have an important role to play in this. We would therefore, be delighted if you were able to join us and participate in this important event.

This seminar aims to revisit the key recommendations from the 2012 International Women in Law Summit legacy report and to ‘take stock’ of progress as well as to highlight where more can be done and how this can be achieved.

We will be exploring three key topics – gender targets v quotas, equal pay and the role clients can play to support greater gender diversity in law firms through interactive plenary panel sessions. These will be chaired and led by key domestic and international speakers from within the legal profession and from the wider world of business. Delegates will have an opportunity to put their questions directly to the panellists in an interactive Q&A session at the end of each plenary debate.

The seminar’s keynote speech will explore the role men could and should play in promoting greater gender equality in law firms.

The event and the post-event networking lunch will provide ample opportunity for delegates, speakers and sponsors to mingle and network.

The speaker line up includes:
  • Lucy Scott- Moncrieff, chair, the Law Society’s equality and diversity committee (event chair)
  • Kevin Ellis, managing partner, PwC UK (keynote speaker)
  • Tamara Box, chair, financial industry group, Reed Smith (panel chair)
  • Ian Gray, partner Eversheds LLP
  • Sharron Gunn, executive director, ICAEW
  • Dr. Anke Meier, LL.M, partner, Noerr LLP
  • Dominique Attias, lawyer and member of the Paris Bar, Conseil National des Barreaux
  • Rachel Dineley partner, employment and pensions group, DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Alison Pritchard, head of Government Equalities Office (panel chair)
  • Catherine Williams, chief people officer DWF LLP
  • Rupert Bondy, general counsel, BP legal
  • Jacqueline Joyston-Bechal, head of legal, Bank of England
  • Richard Tapp, company secretary and director of legal services at Carillion PLC (panel chair)
  • Lesley Wan, corporate real estate counsel, Lloyds Banking Group


The event will take place at the Law Society offices in London on Friday 6th March 9am-12:30pm and will be followed by a networking lunch which we would be delighted if you could join us for.

To find out more about the event and to book a place please click here

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