WOMEN IN LAW
The Women in Law seminar series is a programme that provides a chance for women and men at all levels to understand some of the key issues and challenges in gender inclusion. Christina Blacklaws, the former president of the Law Society of England & Wales, is the seminar leader and will talk about her experiences and the framework she helped implement at the Law Society, during her presidency.
There will also be a chance for the audience to interact with each other and Christina to understand her journey as an inspirational and successful leadership role model and thought leader.
On diversity and inclusion, Christina has developed and leads on a programme focussed on women in leadership in law. The project produced the largest ever global survey on the issue, two toolkits which supported over 250 roundtables in 22 jurisdictions and led to three insight reports and a Women in Law Pledge which was supported by the government and all legal representative bodies. This was launched at the international symposium Christina arranged in June 2019.
The benefits of gender inclusion. The compelling business case of increased profits, efficiency etc.
Statistics - current and future landscape
Women’s history: 100 years in Law / 100 years since the right to vote etc.
II. The Unconscious Bias
What is The Unconscious Bias?
Identified as the most significant barrier preventing many women from reaching senior positions.
Discuss guidance and tools on what you can do to minimise the impact of the unconscious bias
III. Gender Pay Gap
Call to action
Best practice Tools & Guidance
IV. Male Champions for Change
Gender equality affects everyone, and champions can come from every sector
V. Best Practice Tools & Guidance
An insight into the various tools and guidance derived from the global roundtable sessions to help promote inclusion
VI. Roundtable Discussions & Q&A
Christina studied Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and set up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm.
She now runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments and diversity and inclusion.
She holds a range of public appointments including chair of the LawTech Delivery Panel, chair of the Next Generation Services Advisory Group, part of Innovate UK, member of the Legal Support Advisory Group and of the Family Justice Council.
Christina was President of the Law Society of England and Wales until July 2019 and performed a huge range of ambassadorial and representative functions both domestically and internationally.
She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas.
On access to justice, Christina led on a number of high-profile campaigns to protect and empower some of the most vulnerable in our society including chairing the Grenfell Lawyers Forum.
On innovation and the future of legal services, Christina chaired the Law Society’s Legal Technology Policy Commission which produced a wide-ranging report and recommendations about the use of algorithms in the justice system: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/research-trends/algorithm-use-in-the-criminal-justice-system-report/. In addition to her government posts, Christina sits as a Commissioner on the Oxtec Commission which is advising government on the use of technology in elections. She is heavily involved in the technological issues relating to supra-national legislative and regulatory frameworks as well as the need to demystify lawtech and empower all lawyers to embrace relevant technology. Christina led on the Society’s relationship with Barclays to develop lawtech incubators.
On diversity and inclusion, Christina has developed and leads on a programme focussed on women in leadership in law. The project produced the largest ever global survey on the issue, two toolkits which supported over 250 roundtables in 22 jurisdictions and led to 3 insight reports and a Women in Law Pledge which was supported by the government and all legal representative bodies. This was launched at the international symposium Christina arranged in June 2019.
Christina represents the Women Lawyer’s Division and is an active committee member. She also sits on the Thomson Reuters Women in Law Advisory Board and the Chartered Institute of Insurers’ ‘Insuring Women’s Futures’ Advisory Board.
Christina is a multi-award winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator