AWS London is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community for women lawyers. We promote a community of lawyers who are relaxed and open so that we can support each other in our careers.
AWSL has been established for many years and is well-recognised by all the major government and regulatory bodies. We liaise with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, the Judicial Appointments’ Commission, The Law Society and so on. We provide a completely independent voice.

We promote and support women’s interests in the legal profession

We provide a forum for members’ achievements on our website and newsletter

We enable professional development through educational events, networking, social and mentoring opportunities


Membership is for solicitors as well as students, paralegals and trainees intending to become solicitors. Associate membership includes other women working in the law, legal executives, barristers, judges and lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions.


Maternity advice phone consultations from YESS


We have teamed up with YESS (Your Employment Settlement Service) a Charity that provides employment law advice with a view to avoiding conflict at work and resolving disputes. Their slogan is “Life’s too Short to Litigate” as they never litigate. They have agreed to give our members up to 30 minutes free advice on employment issues arising out of pregnancy, maternity, shared parental leave and flexible working. This advice will be given over the phone, usually during working hours but they may be able to arrange a consultation in the evenings.

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The latest from AWS London

  • Forthcoming Events

    AWS have an exciting summer of events lined up for you: An evening with Faberge – 21 June 2017 Women lead the way – volunteers’ stories of their work with Help Refugees in Calais and Greece – 13 July 2017 Ladies Cricket at Lord’s – 23 July 2017 AWS Summer Party – 3 August 2017   Visit our events page…

  • Role Model of the Month- Alicia Alinia

        Our secretary, Kavita has nominated Alicia Alinia as this month’s role model of the month. Alicia has extensive experience in personal injury law. She commenced a role, as an Associate in 2011 at Slater and Gordon and with her experience swiftly became Practice Group Leader for Newcastle and London whilst handling a full…

  • AWS’ 25th Anniversary Offer

    In celebration of the AWS’s 25th anniversary, the Committee has decided to give 2 years’free membership to anyone qualifying this year i.e. In 2017 as a Solicitor or Barrister or Legal Executive.


    Please contact Linda Davies with any queries and applications!



  • The Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review

    The Fawcett Society has launched an exciting new project to review our sex discrimination laws. We want to hear from you. Please tell us:   What are the rights you want to protect? Where are the gaps in our legislative framework? What works well now? What doesn’t work well? What do we need to put…

  • AWS Response to the Pilot of Late Night Courts

    The AWS has considered the proposals and responds as follows: Women, who tend to have primary responsibility for caring, whether at the beginning or end of life, will be particularly adversely affected because they are less likely to be available to work extended hours. This, in turn, will lead to fewer women working as lawyers…

  • Upcoming Events

    We have some great events planned for the rest of the year including a number of celebrations for AWS London’s 25th Anniversary. Events planned so far include: 11 May – Talk on Discrimination by Sam Smethers CEO of the Fawcett Society; 15 June – Opera at Holland Park. We will also be having our annual Summer Party. …

  • Late Night Courts- Do you have a view?

    Dear Members Thank you very much for your continued support for the AWS. You may have seen in the legal press that the Government is about to pilot ‘Late Night Courts’.  This is not particularly new but could see the beginning of a more extensive role out.  The Law Society Gazette item is at :…