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21 June 2019

Supporting women in legal profession a necessity

How to provide support and encouragement to women in the legal profession was just one of the themes discussed at a series of unique roundtable discussions taking place throughout Northern Ireland in June 2019.

The Women in Leadership Roles within the Legal Profession in Northern Ireland’ roundtable discussions were organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland with an invitation extended to all members of the solicitor profession.

Over 80 solicitors took part in the informal roundtable discussions which took place in Newry, Enniskillen, and Londonderry/Derry with the final event being held at Law Society House in Belfast.

Those attending had an opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges facing women in the legal profession as well as a number of emerging themes including:

* How best to grow leadership in the legal sector?

* How to support those returning from maternity and paternity leave back to work?

* How to encourage and empower more women to seek senior positions within law firms and organisations?

* How to encourage more women to apply for judicial positions?

* What are the challenges and solutions to encourage more women solicitors to consider leadership roles?

The series of discussions were introduced and compered by Eileen Ewing, Senior Vice President of the Law Society.

Commenting the Senior Vice President said:

“I am delighted that so many colleagues attended the series of roundtable discussion events throughout Northern Ireland. I wish to thank those who contributed and who spoke openly and honestly on important issues.

The feedback from our discussions will help inform the work and policies of the Society moving forward”.




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