As part of her Presidential theme, the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Christina Blacklaws is focusing on women in leadership.
Christina spoke to nearly 100 female lawyers and a couple of brave men at a recent Bristol event and on the back of her presentation encouraged women in the city to set up and facilitate roundtable discussions and target setting which will then be reported on to give some qualitative evidence on the progress being made.
In order to facilitate those meetings, the following helpful guidance has been produced.
I am pleased to present the final toolkit and facilitator guidance for the Women in leadership in Law project roundtables.
As Christina explained at TLT in June, we would like to encourage you to host your own roundtables – at least one, and hopefully multiple – either with your female colleagues (both within your organisation and outside of it), contacts, peers and friends, or a combination of all.
Discussions can take place in small groups and have a range of attendees who vary in seniority, age and role, but all of whom are in the legal profession and who collectively have diverse backgrounds and are representative of our profession. More information on how to conduct your roundtables is set out in the facilitator guidance.
It is important that the methodology in the facilitator guidance is adhered to as closely as possible, and that all the problems and solutions identified in your roundtable are noted down and returned to the Law Society so that we can analyse the results. All feedback received will be anonymised and no detail will be attributable to an individual or organisation.
If requested, and if between Monday 3 September – Friday 17 September representatives from the Law Society of England and Wales will be available to provide support by attending your roundtable, subject to availability. You are of course welcome to arrange your roundtable at any time, but we would not be able to offer practical support. All roundtables must take place by 30 September 2018 to ensure that the qualitative data and outcomes of the calls to action can be captured and analysed before publication in Spring 2019.
From October to December 2018 the Law Society will be running men’s roundtables, and these will be organised separately.
If you would like to host a roundtable please let Sarah Richards firstname.lastname@example.org know about the dates of your roundtable, and whether you would like practical support from a Law Society representative.
All questions regarding the toolkit and or facilitator guidance can be directed to Lauren Thornton email@example.com.
Please get involved, this is an issue that affects not 50% but 100% of us!