Women in the Law UK to expand into Birmingham and Glasgow this month



    03 June 2019: Women in the Law UK, a professional development and support organisation for female lawyers, will hold its first events in Birmingham and Glasgow this month.

    The Birmingham event will take place at the headquarters of Wesleyan Assurance Society on the evening of Wednesday 19 June 2019 and the Glasgow launch will take place at the offices of law firm Harper Macleod LLP a week later, on the evening of 26 June.

    Women in the Law UK has more than 700 members and has run a popular programme of events in Manchester for several years. Its inaugural Birmingham and Glasgow events follow on from successful launches in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh over the past nine months.

    The Birmingham event, which is being sponsored as well as hosted by Wesleyan, takes the theme, “Confidence, Clarity, Connection.” Speakers confirmed for the evening include Sarah Goulbourne, co-founder of national law firm gunnercooke, Glynis Wright, head of practice at Leicester-based Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors & Mediators, and Paul Brown, director, government and public sector at EY and visiting professor at Birmingham City University.

    Guests will also be addressed by Sarah Deacon, Area Manager at Wesleyan – Lawyers, England and Wales, and Sally Penni, barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers and founder of Women in the Law UK.

    The Glasgow event is entitled, “Jobs for the girls: how to progress in your career with confidence.” Confirmed speakers include Nicola Gordon, lay chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, Naomi Pride, head of law firm DWF’s Scottish commercial litigation team, Mary Bonsor, CEO of paralegal agency F-LEX, and Caroline McCarron from JMW Solicitors’ Lawshare team.

    The event will also feature a presentation from Pamela Niven, head of Harper Macleod’s Private Client team. Sally Penni, too, will address the event.

    Sally Penni, founder of Women in the Law UK, said, “I am thrilled to be launching this month in two cities that share proud professional and industrial heritages and are home to thriving legal sectors. The last 12 months have been momentous in terms of extending our reach beyond our North West heartland and show a real demand for guidance, mentoring and support among female lawyers nationwide.

    “There is no shortage of women entering the legal profession but we remain woefully under-represented in senior and leadership roles. The sector still needs to make some major structural changes but, in the meantime, it is vital that we take steps to secure and develop our own careers, and our events help female legal professionals do just that.”

    The Birmingham event is open to all and attendance is free, although tickets must be booked in advance. Attendance at the Glasgow event is restricted to qualified members of the legal profession; tickets are free for members of Women in the Law UK and priced at £10 for non-members.

    Both free and paid-for tickets need to be booked in advance at www.womeninthelawuk.co/webevents or via the Eventbrite ticketing platform.

    Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards and how to network and make it work for you.

    Women in the Law UK was founded in Manchester by the award-winning barrister Sally Penni to provide support to women at all stages of their legal careers and to address the gap in female representation in leadership roles within the profession. In March of this year it launched a Charter for firms that are able to demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity and wellbeing.

    The organisation runs a wide-ranging programme of events in the North West and over the past year has held its first formal gatherings in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh. It plans to launch in more UK cities over the course of 2019.

    To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com  or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Charter should email womeninthelawuk@gmail.com.

    Women in the Law UK was founded by the award-winning barrister Sally Penni and exists to support and encourage gender diversity in the legal profession. The not-for-profit organisation has more than 700 members and hosts regular events to promote its message and raise money for a range of charitable causes.

    Based in Manchester, the home of the Pankhursts, Women in the Law UK has events planned around the country for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020. Members and ambassadors are drawn from a broad range of fields and, in addition to its events, it carries out research into reasons why women leave the profession and operates a mentoring programme to provide female solicitors and barristers with the support they need to remain and thrive within legal practice over the long term.