Newcastle trainee brings LGBT lawyers group to North East

LAGLA, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, has expanded to hold its first ever event in North East England.

The Association has been in existence for several years but has been London-based, with events typically taking place monthly in Soho, and latterly Bloomsbury.

However, on 21 November Northern Stage in Newcastle will play host to a Northern chapter of the group, with drinks, music and speeches from District Tribunal Judge Nick Moss, Ben Hoare Bell partner Cris McCurley and Professor Chris Ashford of Northumbria Law School. 

The North East branch of LAGLA has been founded by Hay & Kilner trainee Louise Asquith, who set it up after asking permission from London chair Andrea Woelke.

Asquith pointed out that, out of the 10 firms in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, not one has its headquarters in the North of England.

“There seems to be a significant difference between southern firms and northern firms and how the LGBT legal community is being celebrated and this is not because there are no LGBT lawyers past Birmingham,” she said.

“I think it is time for the North and specifically the North East to celebrate LGBT diversity within the legal profession. This is not plea to all LGBT lawyers to come out, this is asking the North East to create a legal community that allows for any solicitor to come out if they want to.”

Asquith told Lawyer 2B that non-LGBT lawyers are also encouraged to come along and show their support, saying: “All those who attend will be showing their support for diversity within the legal profession – hence the event’s name, ‘Support Diversity’. This event is the start of something really exciting in the region and it is vital we have non-LGBT as well as LGBT personnel at the evening from a variety of different legal backgrounds at the launch.”

The event is open to students, trainees and academics as well as qualified lawyers. More details can be found here.

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