The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society is encouraging young in-house lawyers to become members for the first time in a bid to expand its reach.
JLD chair Judith Perkins said the society is keen to have a more even spread of people across its membership and to ensure there is a good mix of people from all different levels and sectors.
She added: “It’s part of a greater feeling that while most of our members fall into the same sort of memberships and are dealing with similar issues, there are going to be different needs from those in other sectors of the legal market.”
The need to drum up more in-house members has been felt in particular by the Leeds JLD committee, which has appointed its first in-house officer – Heather Dyson – to help this effort.
Dyson, who is a trainee at retailer Mama’s & Papa’s, said: “This year’s Leeds JLD committee is acutely aware that more junior lawyers than ever before are beginning their careers in-house.
“The committee is genuinely interested as to how many in-house junior lawyers are working in the region and we’d be delighted to hear from any junior in-house lawyers that wish to get involved with the Leeds JLD.”