As well as the chance to delve into D&I concerns of those in the room, the participants at our D&I forums hear directly from the Law Society about what we are doing in the D&I sphere and are an opportunity for people to discuss issues of mutual concern relatively informally. The forums are designed to provide shared learning and peer support as well as the opportunity to work more closely with both the Society’s D&I team, and each other.
A wide range of individuals attend our forums, which include (but are not limited to): D&I professionals; HR professionals; partners and other fee earners; in-house and other legal practitioners; Local Law Society representatives; or anyone else involved or interested in D&I within law firms and in-house legal departments.
The overwhelming success of our D&I forums has meant we have expended them throughout England, and in Wales. Currently, we have had regional D&I forums in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton; and have more planned!
Last month, we held our first Eastern forum in Cambridge, kindly hosted by Birketts. We had a full room of attendees, who represented large and medium firms in the top 200, and Cambridge Law Society. Discussions focused on the hot D&I topics of attendees: unconscious bias; recruitment and how to set up disability networks. We hope that this forum will mirror those across the country and meet quarterly to continue to discuss issues and share best practice. Our D&I forums also offer the chance for attendees to influence the work of the Law Society and advise the Society on how to improve D&I within their organisations and region, and to help to organise more in-depth training and meetings on various topics, e.g., mental health and gender pay gap reporting.
If you would like more information, and to see our schedule for 2019, please visit our webpage, and to join our Eastern forum, or to host a forum in 2020 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com