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Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession

16/03/2018 The largest international survey around women in law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the profession.

“People working in law across the world have spoken out about the challenges the profession faces in achieving gender equality,” said Law Society vice president Christina Blacklaws. “I am a passionate believer in equality. Where there is inequality, I will not flinch from tackling it. I know I’m not alone in this – justice, fairness and the rule of law are what drew most of us to the legal profession.

Key figures:

* 7,781 people responded to the survey

* 74% of men and 48% of women reported progress on gender equality in the last 5 years

* Main barriers to career progression perceived as unconscious bias, unacceptable work/life balance demanded to reach senior levels, traditional networks/routes to promotion are male orientated, and a current resistance to flexible working practices

* 60% are aware of gender pay gap in their place of work

Christina Blacklaws concluded: “With our women in leadership programme, the Law Society is committed to giving women and men in law the tools to make positive changes towards gender equality.

“Every law firm, lawyer and client will benefit from greater equality in our places of work. I believe the justice system will also be stronger if the legal professions better reflects the values we uphold.”

Click here to see the full results of the survey.


15 June 2017 at 6.30pm


You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the South London Law Society on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 6.30pm at: Anthony Gold Solicitors, Second Floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN

There will be a talk from our guest speaker Christina Blacklaws, Vice President of The Law Society at 6:30pm followed by the Annual General Meeting.

You are then cordially invited to stay for complimentary refreshments and canapes afterwards.  

Please confirm your attendance to Sarah Hughes Hon. Secretary, SLLS.




1. Guest Speaker – Christina Blacklaws, Vice President of The Law Society

2. Apologies for absence

3. Approve Minutes of the 2016 AGM.

4. President’s Report, Gareth Ledsham.

5. Treasurer’s Report, Andrew Pavlovic.

6. Council Member’s Report, David Taylor.

7. Election of Officers

8. A.O.B.

Followed by refreshments and canapes.

In celebration of Eid ul Fitr Anthony Gold is pleased to host an event at The Supreme Court on the 29th June 2017 

In recognition of the diverse religious community practitioners find themselves in today,
Anthony Gold hosts a seminar highlighting issues faced by women seeking a divorce in
both the Jewish & Muslim communities. 

Seminar details

Title: Issues to consider when Jewish & Muslim women seek a divorce: difficulties encountered & what can be done to assist

Date: 29 June 2017, Time: 6pm – 9pm 

Venue: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3BD 

Cost: Free 

Who should attend? Family law practitioners and other interested parties 

Speakers include: David Frei – The London Beth Din, United Synagogue David is the External and Legal Services Director of the United Synagogue. Zahra Shah – British Pakistan Foundation CEO of the British Pakistan Foundation Denise Lester – Family Law Committee at the Law Society Denise Lester, solicitor, past chair of the Law Society’s children law sub-committee, & member of the Law Society’s Family and Access to Justice Committees Nazia Rashid – Anthony Gold Solicitors Family Law Solicitor 

Book your place by emailing: Lois.harding@anthonygold.co.uk

Members SRA Handbook Roadshow was at the Law Society on September 2016

You will be aware that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has recently published its consultation Looking to the Future. The SRA is planning to radically simplify the Handbook, starting with revising the Principles and the Code of Conduct. In particular, they are proposing two separate codes - a Code of Conduct for Solicitors and a Code of Conduct for Firms. The SRA is also proposing that solicitors should be able to freely deliver services outside of regulated firms.

The Law Society recently published a briefing on the consultation http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/articles/solicitors-regulation-authoritys-looking-to-the-future-consultation-law-society-briefing/ it has decided to convene a series of events across England and in Wales to consider the SRA's proposals and the risks and opportunities they would seem to create; this will inform the Society's response to the consultations though we would of course also urge anyone with a view to submit a response directly. 

This event will enable you to share your views with senior members of the policy team at the Law Society.

Please note places are limited and on a first come, first served basis; if you would like to attend please RSVP to events-LSEE@lawsociety.org.uk

Time: 5:00-7:00pm (registration and refreshments from 5:00pm, meeting start 5:30pm)

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL

You will be aware that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has recently published its consultation Looking to the Future. The SRA is planning to radically simplify the Handbook, starting with revising the Principles and the Code of Conduct. In particular, they are proposing two separate codes - a Code of Conduct for Solicitors and a Code of Conduct for Firms. The SRA is also proposing that solicitors should be able to freely deliver services outside of regulated firms.

SLLS Response letter click on the letter  right.....

President’s Review June 2016/17

Without wanting to wish the summer away, we do have a date for your diaries in the autumn and that is for the South London Law Society Annual Dinner, which will be taking place on the 16th of November 2016. We will once again be dining at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground, an iconic South London venue if ever there  was one. Our guest speaker will be President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns. We do hope you will join us for what is always an enjoyable evening.

Following our AGM in April, I was elected for a further one year term as the Society’s President. I am  delighted to be able to continue serving the Society and its members. Of course since then we are all getting to grips with the result of the referendum of the UK’s membership of the EU. Whether you were a supporter to the Remain or the Leave campaign, one thing  for certain is that south London lawyers, as well as lawyers everywhere, are going to have to adjust to a very different legal landscape.

There is currently a lot of uncertainty regarding how and when (or if?) the result of the referendum is to be implemented and it is therefore too early to tell what the ramifications for the legal system and the profession will be. We will be watching developments closely and stand ready to assist members in adapting to the changes as they arise. Whether a member of the EU or not, South London Law Society intends to maintain links with the wider European legal community, and to this end we are considering twinning arrangements with other European Law Societies. I will report back on developments in this regard in the autumn. We will also be supporting our committee member Professor Sara Chandler QC (Hon) in her role as President of the Federation of European Bars.

I attended the Law Society Presidents and Secretaries Conference in May, an annual event at which presidents and secretaries from local law societies large and small meet to discuss experiences and exchange ideas. It was a thoroughly engaging event, due in no small part to the excellent organisers behind it, including SLLS’ link into the National Society, Mark Hudson, who is Head of Relationship Management for London, the South East & East. I have come away inspired with lots of ideas as to how to take the Society forward, including a project to develop closer ties with south London MPs, enabling the Society and its members to highlight issues of importance to us and our clients of which our MPs may be unaware, and thereby enhancing the service we provide to our local communities.

I am also looking forward to attending the National Local Law Societies Conference in Birmingham this coming September, and to reporting back in the autumn. We are very keen to hear what members would like from us. A survey will be circulated by email, and we would be grateful if you could complete it, this will assist in developing the service we offer to members.

Gareth Ledsham, President.

SLLS - RSA Response to SRA consultation 'Looking to the Future'

South London Law Society has now published a response to the recent SRA consultation which is avaliable below

10/1/2017 Announcement from South London Law Society....

Read what we think about the new Legal exams as published in today's Law Society Gazette:


Eileen Donaghey, Editor

Mail: eileen.donaghey@anthonygold.co.uk

Clapham Omnibus Editor

Samantha Whitaker

The Clapham Omnibus has a new editor, Samantha Whitaker, who will be gathering content and working with Anna Woodhams, business editor at Benham Publishing, to produce the magazine.

"The Clapham Omnibus is your magazine, so please do get involved," said Samantha. "I would love to hear from as many firms as possible, so if you'd like to write an article or you have some news to share, then please get in touch."

tel: 07843 101235

e: omnibus.editor@gmail.com

Clapham Summer 2017

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Read this month's Law Society Relationship Management London, South East & East (LSEE) team report.

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The South London Law Society AGM took place on Thursday 21 June at Anthony Gold, London Bridge. The following officers were elected to serve on the 2018 committee:

President: Robert Hush

Vice President: Donovan Lindsay

Honorary Secretary: Sarah Hughes

Treasurer: Andrew Pavlovic

Plus a committee of 8 members: 

Gareth Ledsham (Immediate Past President)

Ashmeet Wadwa (Junior Law Division Chair)

David Taylor (Law Society Council Member)

Stephen Whitaker (Committee Member)

Professor Sara Chandler (Committee Member)

Lorna West (Committee Member)

Jaymi Wooldridge (Law Society Regional Member)

Samantha Whitaker (Clapham Omnibus Editor)

These elections were approved unanimously by the members present. Following the meeting, the President and Vice President badges were presented to Robert and Donovan respectively, as the new officers in those posts.


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