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Your legal team - introduction to Trans* inclusivity

We were delighted to host this event in collaboration with Global Butterflies.

  • Event date: 11 July 2018 06:30 PM
  • Event type: Seminar
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership and Global Butterflies




SRA data based on 180,000 solicitors at 9,000 law firms in England and Wales indicate that the profession is becoming more diverse at senior levels. The survey reveals that 2% of solicitors identify as a gender that is different from that assigned to them at birth, this equates to 3,600 trans people in the profession. Where are they? Trans* visibility in our profession needs to improve.

The event was held at the RPC London Office on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

This session included; 

  • Terminology - The complex and ever-changing trans* terminology minefield
  • UK Law - UK Trans* law today and proposed changes
  • Simple initial trans* inclusivity tips for employers
  • Never say to a trans* person - questions and subjects to avoid
  • Q&A.

The objective was to offer an understanding of gender identity, that will help confidence and respectful interactions.

The event was presented by:

Rachel Reese, founder of Global Butterflies and vice-chair of the Law Society's LGBT Lawyers Division Committee. Rachel also works alongside organisations such as The Solicitors Regulation Authority and Aspiring Solicitors.

Emma Cusdin has over 20 years experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma joined Global Butterflies as Director in 2018.

Global Butterflies was founded in 2015 to help companies create trans* inclusive working environments. For more information please visit the website here.

The evening was planned as follows:

1830 to 1900 Registration and pre-drinks
1900 to 2000 Speaker presentation plus Q&A
2000 Drinks, food and networking.

Please read Rachel's viewpoint on gender recognition here.

Location: RPC, Tower Bridge House, Saint Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1AA