Diversity and inclusion in the legal profession - regulation, and practical approaches for recruitment and workplace culture, wellbeing and progression

This Westminster Legal Forum conference with keynote speakers, will consider the way forward for improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through regulation, and practical approaches for recruitment and workplace culture, wellbeing and progression.

The agenda:

  • Meeting regulatory requirements for diversity and inclusion
  • Practical approaches to developing a diverse legal sector
  • Improving workplace culture in legal services – mental wellbeing, workplace flexibility and support, and tackling harassment and misconduct
  • Recruitment and progression – attracting new lawyers from diverse backgrounds, the impact of the SQE, and transitioning from law schools to the workplace
  • Next steps for improving judicial diversity

Event Date: Thursday, 10th December 2020

Timing: 9am – 1pm (registration from 8.30am)

Price per delegate: £190 plus VAT

To find out more and to book your please visit Westminister Legal Policy Forum.

Fraser and Fraser: creating a successful webinar programme in strange times

The pandemic and the ensuing lockdown were challenging for all sorts of organisations, for all sorts of reasons. For probate research firm Fraser and Fraser one of the issues was how we could stay in touch with our solicitor and paralegal clients and contacts when face-to-face interactions were out of the question.

One way we have done this over the past few months has been through a series of interactive webinars, which have proved a resounding success.

Their popularity has partly been down to timing. People working at home have welcomed the idea of joining friends and colleagues from across the sector to hone their skills and update their knowledge. As a firm we have worked hard to use our contacts and influence to source speakers who not only know their subject, but can also share it in a compelling manner during a web-based event where other panel-members, and the audience, may only be visible on screen or via a chat-box.

This has been a year of change in many ways and our webinar programme has provided welcome insights into a wide range of topical issues; from the use and possible pitfalls of video-witnessing for wills, to recent changes related to online probate forms and lasting powers of attorney, to practical advice about issues such as inheritance disputes.

Other highlights have included solicitor Caroline Bielanska and Court of Protection barrister Barbara Rich discussing statutory wills, via focusing on a particularly challenging case study, and John Bunker, head of private client management at Irwin Mitchell, providing timely advice on latest developments in trusts and probate.

We know, both from individual feedback and from the number of repeat attendees who’ve logged on for different webinars, that our mix of subjects and speakers has been well-received. Not only that, we’ve also been approached by various bodies, for example, local STEP (Society of Tax and Estate Planning) associations, to put on events tailored specifically to their audience. And our format, combining a roughly half-hour presentation with 10-15 minutes of Q&A, seems to have hit the spot.

At the moment we’re drawing up a list of topics and guests for our programme in 2021. In the meantime, all of our webinars from this year are available to watch on our website at www.fraserandfraser.com/webinars.

IoP Christmas Jumper Extravaganza Networking Event

Create long-lasting connections to take forward into the New Year or catch up with people you already know. The Institute of Paralegals have invited three guest speakers that will cover a range of topics for discussion and an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Don’t forget to show off your Christmas jumpers on this virtual event! If you don’t have a jumper, then a Christmas hat or a Christmas virtual background would also be fabulous!


Speakers at this event include:

  • Pippa Shepherd – Head of Customer Engagement, Arken Legal
  • Sam Kimber – Experienced Genealogist, Pro Gen Research
  • Dawn Gore – Senior Family Law Paralegal, Trethowans LLP

Following the guest speakers, attendees will be able to ask questions and network.

The event will close with a prize for the best Christmas jumper!


For more information please contact Carmen Nadolu, Head of Memberships at the Institute of Paralegals on [email protected] or call on +44 (0) 20 3011 2610

The Institute of Paralegals is the only professional Institute in the UK for paralegals. We are passionate about upholding the highest professional standards in knowledge, practice and ethics across the paralegal profession. Paralegals are in demand and this is the time to stand out from the crowd and join our growing and vibrant community of legal professionals.

LegalEx Virtual

Taking place on 2-3 December 2020, Legalex will be utilising a virtual platform to ensure we can all share knowledge while keeping safe. Hosting a comprehensive and all-encompassing event dedicated to facilitating business growth and professional development for legal professionals and firms, we invite all in the legal industry to join us.

Your FREE ticket will give you access to cutting-edge exhibitors and two days of CPD accredited educational seminars from some of the world’s top legal experts, innovators and most forward-thinking speakers.

Seminars will include across the entire legal spectrum from technology to marketing and everything in-between.

Browse the virtual exhibition to meet tech innovators, leading service suppliers and watch product demos or network in the dedicated virtual networking area with representatives from many law firms throughout the country.

The two-day event is a great opportunity to get the very latest on strategies, practices and technology solutions for the legal sector with content tracks covering Marketing, Business Development, Legal Tech, Client Retention & Satisfaction, Conveyancing and Regulation & Legal Skills.

From the comfort of your desk, you’ll be able to explore the latest tools, products, services, resources and innovations that are transforming the legal industry. LegalEx Virtual is the leading industry event for ambitious and successful legal professionals.

So, what are you waiting for? Register for your FREE ticket now via legalex.co.uk.

Virtual Networking and CPD event for Conveyancing Paralegals

Central Law Training is delighted to be joined by Lorraine Richardson for an online networking and CPD event for conveyancing paralegals in England and Wales.

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

Time: 6pm to 7:30pm

This event is free to those on the Professional Paralegal Register, members of the Institute of Paralegals and to CLT paralegal students and alumni

What we will cover
Lorraine will discuss some of the challenges facing property paralegals and support staff at this difficult time including:

  • What if your client has exchanged but cannot complete due to Covid-19?
  • What if the completion date is missed?

If you want Lorraine to answer a question, do send it to us in advance. You will have the chance to ask Lorraine questions during the event.


About Lorraine
Lorraine is an experienced property solicitor and trainer who is a popular conference and CPD speaker. Lorraine is now freelance but when in practice she ran a branch office and was a partner and the COLP for her firm.

She also designs and delivers property and legal skills related courses and online materials including Conveyancing Quality Scheme training for the Law Society of England and Wales.

Lorraine has developed a skill for writing and delivering webinars and aims to produce work that is both interesting and accessible for the viewer. Lorraine is the major writer for the monthly update journal for practitioners, the ‘Practical Lawyer.’

“Guru offering practical, intelligent guide to conveyancing challenges – comprehensive, comprehensible and GAGS … highly recommended … “
James Pirrie (Director, Family Law in Partnership Ltd & former Board member Resolution)