By: 25 April 2019
Irwin Mitchell family lawyer earns place on LGBT+ national committee

Irwin Mitchell family law solicitor Scott Halliday has been appointed to the Law Society’s LGBT+ national committee.

Halliday is based in Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office, and has taken one of the five places available on the committee.

The committee governs the Law Society’s LGBT+ Lawyers Division, which is committed to providing LGBT+ solicitors with a community and voice within the legal profession. It also provides specialist events and training, ad-hoc peer support and campaigns on behalf of solicitors.

Halliday has been an established presence in the LGBT+ legal community in the north since July 2018, when he founded the Leeds LGBT Diversity group, a professional networking group for professionals and allies across the Yorkshire region.

Also a published author, Halliday has been featured in the national press for his commentary on prominent modern family issues such as the heterosexual civil partnerships case, Steinfeld & Keidan, which went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2018.

More recently, Halliday has lectured and published on transgender family law issues.

Commenting on his appointment, Halliday said: “I am absolutely delighted and humbled to have been selected for the Law Society’s LGBT+ national committee. During my four-year tenure, I hope to make a positive impact on the working lives of LGBT+ solicitors in England and Wales.

He added: “I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and working with my fellow committee members on how best we can create a more inclusive environment for all LGBT+ solicitors over the next few years.”

Head of family law at Irwin Mitchell, Ros Bever, said: “We are all delighted Scott, a star of the future, has been selected to the Law Society’s LGBT+ national committee. Not only is this an honour for Scott and the firm, but he is also one of the youngest ever to be selected to the committee, a clear sign of his talent.”

“Scott already has a growing profile for LGBT matters in the north and his appointment to this national committee will further cement both his position as a leading light for modern family issues in the law, plus our position as a firm in being at the forefront of change and innovation.

“I have no doubt Scott will do his very best to create real change for LGBT+ solicitors across England and Wales.”