The Law Society of England and Wales and law firm Bates Wells are conducting an international research project into support mechanisms and organisations for women lawyers.  The project is striving to address one of the main issues faced by women globally, which is the lack of support available to them within the legal sector. This research builds on previous international research carried out by the Law Society.

This current piece of research is a new step forward in understanding the varying options for support (e.g., women’s divisions, initiatives by bodies focusing on female lawyers’ needs, networking groups, federations, local and online groups etc.), which will lead to the drafting and publication of a practical toolkit for women in law all around the world. The toolkit aims to set out steps on how to access and build on existing models of support, as well as how to establish new support groups. 

To assist with this research they have designed a questionnaire which they would like ICLR members to share as widely as possible with practising women lawyers.   The deadline for questionnaire responses is the end of November and all responses are confidential.

They are also looking for case studies of groups and organisations that are already set up and modelling best practice.  If your organisation is tasked with supporting women lawyers in your jurisdiction and you wish to share information about your initiatives, please email contact@iclr.net, in the first instance, and we will then put you in touch with the researchers.