Our final event of the year was the Charity Quiz held in City Wine Bar in April. The interactive mobile quiz from Sphinx was sponsored by Searchflow and was well attended. Guests heard from our Charity of the Year, Help for Heroes, and the very poignant story of Michelle Turner, who contracted a tropical disease whilst in service resulting in multiple health conditions including heart problems. When she collapsed, she was at home alone with her daughter who rang 999 and saved her mum. After this, Michelle pushed herself and became the Vice-Captain of the England Invictus Team; we were very grateful to Michelle and her daughter for sharing their story. On the night a large portion of our charity total was raised through raffle ticket sales, with some fantastic prizes on offer, including overnight stays and afternoon teas. A brilliant way to end a busy and enjoyable year.
The engagement with the national conversation started by Christina Blacklaws on Women In Leadership in the Law was continued with the panel hosted shortly after International Womens Day. Led by Elke Kendall of the MWLD and hosted at the Liverpool Law Society, guests heard from Chris Topping, Nina Ferris, HHJ Campbell and Nik White on their thoughts following the report. The room was at full capacity and guests were treated to a very open and frank discussion by panel members who commented on the aspects of role modelling, flexibility, equality of pay, and unconscious bias, which are the 4 core areas addressed in the report
To begin the celebrations of the centenary of women being able to practice law, we held a party in the middle of L1 at The Lodge, The Club House. MWLD was gratefully sponsored by law firms, chambers, and product providers from our sector, all of whom understood the importance of marking this event. The packed out room heard from Millie Hayden (MWLD Chair), Nina Ferris (then President of Liverpool Law Society), Chris Topping (current President of Liverpool Law Society), HHJ Christine Bishpham, and Nik White (Managing Partner at Brabners). Carrying on the celebrations late into the night, the guests were well fed, watered and entertained by a scrolling presentation on the success of women in our region over the past 100 years, whilst listening (and dancing) to the brilliant live music.
Just ahead of Christmas we hosted our annual Beauty Night at Harvey Nichols. Our members and guests were welcomed with canapes and drinks, and treated to samples and treatments by ESPA, Electric Hair, MAC, amongst many more brands within the Beauty Bazaar. As usual, our guests left fully pampered with their goodie bags ready for Christmas.
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.
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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.
Following on from the roundtables hosted by Christina Blacklaws and attended by Chair, Millie Hayden in the Summer, MWLD teamed up with the Law Society and arranged the Liverpool roundtables. The roundtables provided an opportunity for our female colleagues to discuss unconscious bias, equal pay, flexible working and role models in a safe and private environment. The comments from these roundtables were fed back to the National Law Society and formed part of the Women in Law Report released on International Women's Day 2019.
We joined the Liverpool Legal Walk this year alongside the Liverpool Law Society, Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division, University of Law and multiple firms and chambers across the region. MWLD is proud to be part of the Legal Walk and the promotion of access to justice and we hope to see this support continue in the future.
We joined our colleagues at Future Boss Club in welcoming the Agent for Scotland in the Bank of England to speak to both of our members about her career in a male dominated sector.
On 27th September 2018 the MWLD hosted a Finance & Prosecco evening wtih 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 femal lawyers' fiannces such as the generder pay gap within the legal profession, the lack of women in senior positions and women beng more likely to take career breaks. Despite 100 years of women in law, full tieme female legal ofessionals earn 17% less than their male colleagues and althoug there are more female lawyers, the proportion of fmeale partner ss is still below 20% across the top 50 firns. 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 The Law Society of England and Wales) are able to give helpful information on mortgages (apparently lawyers are sought agftre by banks for mortgage lengding!) , life and critical illness cover, pension planning and saving.
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.
We held our Welcome Event at Harrington's who treated us to bucket loads of Proseccon accompaniesd by an array of pizza and bruschetta. To finish there was even a special dessert pizza featuring Nutella and strawberries!
Thank you to all those who attended and grabbed their slice of the MLD action!