Women in the Law UK announces key dates in 2020 events programme


  • Full-day conferences to take place in March and November

  • Annual dinner scheduled for 19 March

Women in the Law UK, the professional development organisation that promotes gender diversity at all levels of the legal profession, has announced a number of key dates in its 2020 events programme. These include two conferences, to be held in March and November.

On Friday 13 March Women in the Law UK will hold its inaugural Future Women in the Law conference at the offices of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Manchester. This full-day event takes the theme “Future leaders in the law” and, while focusing on lawyers at an early stage in their careers, seeks to empower junior and senior women alike.

Speakers at this conference will include Ros Bever, head of family law for Irwin Mitchell in Manchester and Naomi Pryde, partner and head of commercial litigation at DWF in Scotland. Topics to be covered will range from wellbeing in the law to CV writing and how to progress to partnership.

Tickets for the Future Women in the Law Conference range in price from £5.00 for students and £10.99 for trainees, pupils and paralegals to £60 for partners, QCs and senior leaders.

A week later, on Thursday 19 March, the organisation will celebrate International Women’s Day, which occurs that month, at its annual dinner. The dinner will take place in central Manchester, with tickets priced at £100 per person for members and £125 for non-members.

Looking further ahead, Women in the Law UK will hold its second full annual conference on 19 November, hosted by DLA Piper in Manchester. Early bird tickets for this event, which will take the theme “How to empower yourself to do what you do best”, are available until 30 April and cost £50.

In addition to its dinner and two conferences the organisation has a range of networking and educational events planned around the country, with many more dates to be added as the year progresses. The current schedule includes wellbeing-themed events in Birmingham on 12 February and Cardiff on 26 February, and a seminar on business skills for lawyers in London on 27 March.

Sally Penni, multi-award-winning barrister and founder of Women in the Law UK, said,

“2019 was a fantastic year for us, and ended on a high in November with our first ever conference. 2020 is already looking even more exciting, with not one but two conferences, the first one concentrating on the needs of younger lawyers at the beginning of their careers.

“2019 marked the centenary of women being allowed to practise law and, quite rightly, the profession spent much of the year celebrating this milestone. As we enter a new decade, though, it’s now time to focus on the next 100 years, and the leaders of tomorrow, which is why our Future Women in the Law conference on 13 March is so important.”

Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards, how to network and make it work for you, and what lawyers can learn from inspiring businesswomen.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Women in the Law UK Charter should email womeninthelawuk@gmail.com.