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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

Advancing Women's Equality in Law: The Client Perspective

05 Jul 2020

Although women have made up half of all incoming trainees at most law firms for over 20 years, women still struggle to make it to partner and even fewer reach equity partner.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum is teaming up with Burford Capital to bring you an interactive webinar on how to drive gender equality within the legal profession from the client perspective with a focus on intersectionality.

Burford Capital is committed to helping close the gender gap in law through an innovative solution — The Equity Project, a $50 million pool of capital earmarked to back commercial litigation and arbitration led by women. 

As part of The Equity Project they have commissioned a report based on interviews with over 75 GCs and senior in-house lawyers from top companies around the world. The 2020 Equity Project Study examines how clients leverage their “power of the purse” to close the gender gap in law.  Among other things, this new research reveals that while many GCs and senior in-house lawyers say they routinely make decisions based on diversity, half of GCs and senior in-house lawyers are unaware of how origination credit is awarded when they hire a law firm. Other findings we will explore include: 80% of GCs surveyed say their companies lack formal policies to ensure that the law firms they hire are gender diverse; and 60% attribute the persistent gender gap in law to external obstacles such as bias, historical inertia, law firm culture and work-life balance.

Please sign up by clicking on the Register button. You will receive the Zoom webinar link and joining details via e-mail the day before the event. 

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • How gender diversity influences which firms GCs engage

  • How we can consider intersectionality in order to support all women across race, LGBT+, disability, etc. 

  • Effective and innovative ways companies are working to close the gender gap

  • How law firms can better collaborate with their clients to advance gender equity

  • How we can empower men who work in-house and at law firms to be better allies and sponsors to support women’s advancement 

Panelists:

Sarah Blomfield, Managing Director, Global Head of Compliance, Rothschild
Elizabeth Fisher, Senior Vice President, Burford Capital
David Jackson, Managing Director, Head of Group Corporate, Treasury and M&A Legal, Barclays
Patti Kachidza, Head of Litigation, M&G Prudential (Former); Axiom
Daniel Winterfeldt QC (Hon), Founder & Chair, InteLaw Diversity Forum; Global Capital Markets Partner, Reed Smith

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