2018/2019 Events


Finance & Prosecco with Wesleyan

On 27th September 2018 the MWLD hosted a Finance & Prosecco evening with Wesleyan. The feedback from the event has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who attended, and a huge thank you to Wesleyan for sponsoring the event and to Brabners LLP for providing the venue, hot drinks and hospitality. Guests enjoyed glasses of prosecco and delicious food whilst Wesleyan delivered an excellent presentation on effective financial management for female lawyers.


Wesleyan highlighted specific issues affecting female lawyers’ finances such as the gender pay gap within the legal profession, the lack of women in senior positions, and women being more likely to take career breaks. Despite 100 years of women in law, full-time female legal professionals earn 17% less than their male colleagues and, although there are more female lawyers, the proportion of female partners is still below 20% across the top 50 firms. One of the most alarming figures for attendees was that at retirement, women’s pension pots are on average around three times smaller than men’s.


Wesleyan’s understanding of the legal profession and career paths of lawyers means that Wesleyan (who are endorsed by The Law Society of England and Wales) are able to give helpful information on mortgages (apparently lawyers are sought after by banks for mortgage lending!), life and critical illness cover, pension planning, and saving.


For those who were unable to attend the event, fear not! Wesleyan can arrange a no obligation one-to-one personal financial review, either on your own or with your partner (if your finances are interlinked), during which they will tailor their advice to your circumstances and map out your future goals and help put sustainable plans in place.


Finally, congratulations go to Gemma Holden who won a £50 John Lewis gift card in the Wesleyan draw, and Amy Davies and Kirstie Bork who each took home a bottle of prosecco in the MWLD draw.



Women in Law Round Table, Liverpool Law Society - September 2018

From unconscious bias to female role models, the Liverpool Law Society (LLS), Merseyside Women Lawyers Division (MWLD, and Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division (MJLD) hosted the Liverpool Roundtables in support of Christina Blacklaws' Law Society presidential theme of Women in Leadership in the Law. Take a look at the Women in Law Round Table write up in the October issue of the Liverpool Law Magazine.

As part of our celebrations for the centenary event in 2019, we and the national Law Society want to know about the work of the ladies in your firms over the past 100 years to help build a history of the legal ladies of Liverpool. Email into merseysidewld@gmail.com and tell us the following that apply to you:

  • When was your organisation established? Tell us a bit about you.

  • When did you hire your first female staff member? What role did she hold?

  • What year did your organisation recruit its first female trainee/equivalent?

  • What year did you firm have its first female associate/equivalent?

  • What year was the first female trainee taken on as a solicitor? What area did she qualify in?

  • What year did you promote the first woman to senior associate/equivalent?

  • What year did you promote your first woman partner/equivalent?

  • What year did you recruit in your first woman partner?

  • What year did you promote a woman to the management board?

  • What year did you have a female managing partner/company secretary/general counsel?

  • What year did you have a female senior partner/equivalent?

  • Who was your first female business owner and when did this take place?

  • What year did you have a female head of office (regional or HQ)?

  • What year did one of your female lawyers become a Queen's Counsel/Judge/Magistrate/Commissioner?

  • Which of your female legal professionals have received accolades for services to the law? What was the accolade, why did the individual(s) receive them and when?

  • Tell us about other 'female firsts' in your organisation if they are not covered by one of the questions above.

Go take a look at https://first100years.org.uk/ who celebrate women in the legal profession by raising awareness of their history and to inspire future generations of female lawyers.



Yin Yan Yoga - 9th August 2018

The WLD's "An After Work Stress Reliever Yoga with YinYan" took place on 9th August 2018 at Cotton Exchange. It was a fantastic event enjoyed by all. The combination of yoga, tai chi and meditation ensured everyone left the event feeling relaxed, stress free and refreshed.



We would like to thank Robin from YinYan for his expertise and providing attendees with techniques that can be used at home or in the work place.


Meet and Greet, Harringtons - 12th July 2018

This year's free MWLD Meet and Greet was held at Harringtons who treated us to bucket-loads of Prosecco accompanied by an array of pizza and bruschetta. To finish there was even a special desert pizza featuring Nutella and strawberries!





Thank you to all those who attended and grabbed their slice of the MLD action! We look forward to seeing you through the year at our next events.