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The Law Society is seeking solicitors to play a key role in its new community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers.

The LGBT Lawyers Division has been established to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers together and share best practice, and address current issues and challenges they face.

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The Society is seeking LGBT solicitors to become founding members of the division’s committee.

Catherine Dixon (pictured), the Society’s chief executive, said: ‘The formation of the [division] is an exciting development which will help us celebrate the contribution of LGBT solicitors to the legal profession. It will help shape and inform our LGBT diversity and inclusion strategy, and address challenges facing LGBT solicitors and clients.’

Applicants must:

  • Possess a clean record/regulatory history with the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the issues facing LGBT solicitors;
  • Outline ideas for the development of the division’s services.

A selection panel will consider the applications and shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a meeting in Chancery Lane on 19 January.

The new committee will be unveiled on 4 February during the Society’s LGBT History Month celebrations.

Dixon said the Society welcomed applications from solicitors working in private practice or in-house in the private, public or third sector.

Applications must be received by 5pm tomorrow (8 January). See the Law Society’s website for further details.

Readers' comments (13)

  • We're all lawyers and I'd happily share best practice with any Solicitor no matter what their colour, creed, sexual orientation or religious belief so why is a separate committee needed? Am I such a minority in this profession that I look past the above and see lawyers as...well...lawyers?

    Why doesn't TLS stop pandering to political correctness, ticking boxes and forming new sub groups and start concentrating on helping the profession as a whole?

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  • Hear, hear, Anon 11.35! This PC nonsense has already gone far too far and now LS is jumping on the bandwagon.

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  • When you say it's "gone too far" David, what ill has this caused? And if 'none', what's your point?

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  • What exactly is the point/justification for this?

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  • The point is that if the Law Society want to address current issues and challenges facing LGBT people in the profession, then they clearly need to talk to LGBT people. Do those negative commentators above also suggest that if the Law Society considered issues facing disabled people in the profession, they only talk to able bodied people or would that also be 'PC nonsense'? Homophobia is still rife in the legal profession and well done to the Law Society for taking this step.

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  • We have a LGBT history month? A whole month? To do what exactly? If it doesn't matter if you are LGB or T (or straight for that matter) then why is TLS spending my subs on this irrelevance?

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  • Sorry Katrina but not applauding TLS on this does not make anyone a homophobe. LGBT people are no different from anyone else and shouldn't be treated differently. By the way what are the issues facing LGBT lawyers as a group which demands their interests are all rolled up into one support group?

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  • The Law Society's Gazette, is generally quick to question government measures which seem to encroach on freedom of speech. Unfortunately it is often easier to preach than to practise.
    Some 15 posts have been removed from this site today by the Censor simply because (so far as one can tell) they questioned the propriety of setting up an "LGBT Division". Maybe this was no more than the natural knee-jerk reaction of affronted political correctness, however depressing it is to find it countenanced by the legal profession's mouthpiece. More sinister, though, was the fact that when I and some others drew attention to this remarkable act of censorship, those comments too were immediately silenced. There seems a degree of paranoia in the Law Society's stance. Either it is right to exclude all opinions which don't conform to the liberal orthodoxy or it is wrong. If it is right, why be afraid to admit doing it? If it is wrong, why do it?

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  • Further comments appear to be blocked unless in favour? So much for free speech!

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  • It costs money to fund these bodies, Anon 01.40. If you are willing to pay for it then please do so. I am not, or would not be if I still held a PC in being well, so PC.

    And what good does it do? Personally speaking, it puts my back up to be told what to do, say or even THINK all the time. I can make up my own mind on these issues. And if having an opinion equates to "prejudice" (negative or positive, depending upon your point of view), so be it.

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