LeanIn networks in five offices participated in roundtables during September 2018 as part of a piece of research being conducted by the Law Society.
The research, sponsored by the incoming President of the Law Society, Christina Blacklaws, aims to gather qualitative feedback on what needs to be done to bring about true gender equality in the legal sector. The Law Society invited firms to help with this by hosting a series of internal roundtables to gather commentary to feed into the project. Ultimately the findings will culminate in a final report published by The Law Society to mark the 100th anniversary of women in law.
The research follows on from a survey recently conducted by the Law Society (which received almost 8,000 responses) to better understand key issues that affect women working in law. The findings of this survey indicated that some of the key issues are unconscious bias, flexible working and the Gender Pay Gap. These findings formed the basis of discussions during the roundtable. As well as feeding in to the research, we will be able to use the discussions to inform our gender equality work internally.
(The Shoosmiths offices taking part were Birmingham, London, Manchester, Northampton and Reading)