The Law Society supports a number of different networks for people with different interests.  Detailed below are local networks available, and also how to find out more about groups that might be of interest.

Junior Lawyers

The South Essex Junior Lawyers Division (SEJLD) is alive and well!  If you’re a trainee solicitor, paralegal or up to five years post-qualified, then you are a junior lawyer.

Junior lawyers are represented nationally (information can be found on the Law Society website), but also have a local level organisation.

They’re a friendly bunch and hold regular events throughout the year.  As well as regular drinks, the SEJLD has a regular summer event in London with Hertfordshire JLD (a boat party with a fun theme!) and has organised  a moot and Judges talkes as well! 

For information SEJLD and to receive information as to upcoming events, contact joint presidents Brooke Robdrup-Kilgour and Kirsty Bone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For photographs of what's they've done in the past, then look here.

Women Solicitors

There is a local of group of Women Solicitors who meet every few months or so.  This is an informal social network of women practising in the area and a way of meeting other women working in the legal arena and facing similar challenges on a daily basis.  There is no membership fee and any women solicitors/trainee/legal executive working locally is more than welcome to come along.  To find out details of the next event and to keep updated with future events, then contact Caroline Andrews at Giles Wilson Solicitors (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

On a national level, there is a National Women Solicitor Association ( It aims to promote the potential and success of each women solicitor at every stage of her career by articulating and representing the views of women solicitors; promoting women’s interests in the profession; campaigning on issues important to women solicitors; and actively oppose discrimination against women solicitors. Membership is free and details can be found on their website.

The Law Society do have other membership networks which may be of interest.  These are Competition, Civil Justice, International, Law management, Lawyers with disabilities, Private client and property.  Details of these groups and to find your nearest group, please consult the Law Society website:

There are also independant organisations, supported by the Law Society to promote and protect the interest different groups, including the Black Lawyers Directory ( ) and Lesbian & Gay Lawyers (