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.

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.