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The Law Society and the InterLaw Diversity Forum established a formal partnership in autumn 2018 to collaborate on a Gender Equality Initiative, a space where we could share learning, build best practice, and work together to advance gender equality in the legal profession. 


The Gender Equality Initiative produced a series of events which focused on supporting individuals by offering networking opportunities, awareness-raising events, and skill-building sessions.

The Gender Equality Initiative concluded in summer 2019, and the the InterLaw Diversity Forum will be launching our new Women's Network in early 2020.

Past events for our 

Women's Network

Guide to Gender-Neutral Drafting

18 Nov 2019

As part of our Gender Equality Initiative and to recognise Trans Awareness Week, we teamed up with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and the Government Legal Department to bring you this informative breakfast seminar on gender-neutral drafting where we shared best practice with colleagues across the legal profession and demonstrated how easy it is to draft in a way that is legally effective and gender neutral.

We also released a publication, Guide to Gender-Neutral Drafting, providing simple and effective guidance on the subject. Supported by Global Butterflies and InterLaw Diversity Forum’s Trans*Mission, this publication has been drafted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and the Government Legal Department. This guide distills years of work by both organisations to promote gender-neutral drafting in a wide range of UK government legal documents.


Gender-neutral drafting in legal documentation has multiple benefits for equality and inclusion, including promoting gender equality and equality across the gender-identity spectrum. Furthermore, a significant percentage of the next generation of the workforce no longer sees gender as binary and expects to see a new and better approach to gender identity and expression in documentation. 

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