IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive is the collective initiative of the intellectual property (IP) professions to encourage diversity and inclusion.

CITMA Benevolent Fund

We provide support for members of the trade mark profession and their families during times of financial hardship via our Benevolent Fund.


LawCare is the charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing across the legal community in the UK and Ireland.

Jonathan's Voice

Jonathan’s Voice aims to improve mental health throughout the IP professions.



A view from a single parent - entry into the trade mark profession

For Kathy Wright, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney since 2014, overcoming the challenges of single parenthood was key to allowing her career to thrive.

10th May 2022 | Feature

Are you a leading light?

When it comes to caring for mental health in IP firms, success starts at the top. We asked some senior leaders how they’re stepping up.

23rd Feb 2022 | CITMA Review feature

Perspective: Having it all feels closer than it ever did before

Charlotte Duly reflects on her progress as a woman in IP.

23rd Feb 2022 | CITMA Review feature

Building a supportive workplace for LGBTQ+ non-traditional families

As LGBT+ access to family-building expands, it is more important than ever for employers to be aware and supportive of non traditional family formations.

16th Feb 2022 | Feature

How has the IP profession changed for LGBT+ members over the past 20 years?

Rob Davey explores the changing face of LGBT+ inclusion in the world of IP law.

28th Jan 2022 | Feature

Perspective: On being brave

Michelle Ward reflects on the response she received when setting up her own practice

4th Jan 2022 | CITMA Review feature

Caring for carers

Many of the UK’s legal professionals regularly carry out caring duties. But who’s looking after them?

4th Jan 2022 | CITMA Review feature

Promoting disability equality in the legal profession

What difference can an open environment make for supporting people with disabilities in the IP legal profession? Our panel shared their thoughts.

13th Dec 2021 | Feature

Get the balance right

Beverley Robinson reports that when it comes to training during the time of COVID-19, there’s no ready-made formula.

8th Nov 2021 | CITMA Review feature

Perspective: Becky Campbell offers full disclosure

“Disability is one part of my story, but it’s not the only part”: Becky Campbell offers full disclosure about her own hidden disabilities.

8th Nov 2021 | CITMA Review feature

Now you see it

Invisible disabilities and conditions affect people in every sphere of life – including the IP sector. We reveal what the industry can do to help. 

8th Nov 2021 | CITMA Review feature

Supporting non-traditional families

A new network supporting those in non-traditional families with practical advice and the opportunity to share experiences has been launched by IP Inclusive.

13th Oct 2021 | News

Report sets out compelling case for action on mental health

LawCare’s chair expresses hope for ‘meaningful, long-lasting change’ in approach to mental health and wellbeing following study into mental health in the legal profession.

11th Oct 2021 | News

Promoting diversity & inclusion in law – becoming an Appointed Person

“If you are interested in the judiciary in any capacity, becoming an Appointed Person is a uniquely good first step.”

30th Sep 2021 | Feature

In support of intersectionality

A range of communities can help address life’s complexity, explains Andrea Brewster.

19th Aug 2021 | CITMA Review feature

D&I Made Easy

Five proven and practical ideas for increasing diversity in your firm.

19th Aug 2021 | CITMA Review feature

Why do we have a benevolent fund?

A safety net for you, your family and your colleagues, our Benevolent Fund has supported people in our profession financially when they most needed it.

13th Aug 2021 | Feature

How can we build a more supportive and inclusive environment?

“The task for everyone, straight or not, is to make sure that the culture of the firm is as welcoming, inclusive and warm as possible so people feel able to say something about themselves.”

24th Jun 2021 | Feature

Practical steps to implement better mental health support

Supporting mental health in the workplace is a duty and responsibility for employers, yet many organisations find it difficult to know where to start.

14th May 2021 | Feature

How to create a workplace that supports mental health

How can senior leaders in IP implement strategies that create a healthy workplace for colleagues? A new guide from mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice shares some best practice.

19th Mar 2021 | News

Choose to challenge: taking the initiative

Challenging obstacles to career progression for women, our International Women’s Day panel challenged and laid out some ideas for things that need to change in the IP sector.

11th Mar 2021 | Feature

Pushing back on perfectionism and presenteeism

“Don’t feel guilty about taking time off. It is the responsible thing to do.” We take a look at how to remedy some of the situations that can make it hard for us to switch off from work.

22nd Feb 2021 | Feature

IP Inclusive: How inclusive are you?

There’s an easy to way to learn where your organisation stands on diversity, explains Andrea Brewster.

11th Feb 2021 | CITMA Review feature

Providing support for anxiety

LawCare provided emotional support to some 1,000 legal professionals in the past year, with anxiety accounting for a rise in calls to the support service.

3rd Feb 2021 | News

Banishing Blue Monday

Practical strategies to help you manage and protect your mental health and promote positive wellbeing in yourself and those around you.

19th Jan 2021 | Feature

Perspective: Focus on faith

Colin Bailey challenges us all to engage with the subject of culture and belief in the workplace

30th Nov 2020 | CITMA Review feature

Normalising the conversation

Understand how to recognise the signs of poor mental health and be confident enough to address it by reading the latest guide by mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice.

10th Nov 2020 | News

Combating Zoom fatigue

What changes can you make to improve the way you feel at work and why you’re not alone when you feel drained after a day of Zoom, Skype or Teams.

25th Oct 2020 | Feature

Staying motivated at work

We investigate how you can bring more meaning and motivation to your day-to-day work.

25th Oct 2020 | Feature

Open for business

A recent boost to social mobility in IP may have come from an unexpected quarter.

19th Oct 2020

We need to talk about bias

Let’s find ways to turn it to our advantage, says Andrea Brewster.

19th Oct 2020

Break your silence

Everyone must be a proactive ally if we are to put an end to racism, writes Hannah Burrows.

1st Sep 2020

Peer power

Elizabeth Rimmer outlines the value of emotional support service.

1st Sep 2020

Making menopause manageable

Mandy Laurie offers some observations on supporting employees through this natural (but not yet normalised) process

20th Jul 2020

First things first

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role of first responders in safeguarding our society, but don’t ignore their importance in your organisation too.

20th Jul 2020

A question of Pride

Support for diversity and inclusion or simply opportunistic “rainbow-washing”? What does the adoption of the rainbow mean for the credibility of an iconic symbol?

8th Jun 2020

IP Inclusive - We’re taking steps to widen our intake

Andrea Brewster needs your help to increase diversity in our profession.

8th Jun 2020

We're here to help

The Benevolent Fund is here to support members facing financial hardship.

29th Apr 2020 | News


Jim Pearson would like everyone in the IP profession to enjoy dignity in the workplace.

28th Apr 2020

You know it makes sense

Chris Clarke shares how you can support people on the autism spectrum.

2nd Apr 2020 | Feature

How to work well from home

Working from home is now commonplace - how can you stop yourself from being isolated and stay productive? Legal charity LawCare has put together some tips to help you.

28th Mar 2020 | Feature

Speaking out

Mark Bearfoot provides a personal perspective on the importance of an open environment in the legal profession.

10th Feb 2020 | Feature

Legal mental health charity LawCare launches champions scheme

Legal mental health charity LawCare launched an advocacy scheme ‘LawCare Champions’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day. 

10th Oct 2019 | News

The case for compassion

Taking a little more time to understand both ourselves and the people we work with, and being more accepting of what we find and who we are, is a great way of improving everyone’s mental wellbeing.

10th Oct 2019

Preventing suicide in the legal community

Suicide remains something of a taboo, especially in professional circles. LawCare is encouraging a more open culture in the law where people talk about their feelings and ask for help.

10th Oct 2019

Survey shows importance of mental wellbeing in IP professions

IP Inclusive has published a new survey, which demonstrates that more needs to be done on mental wellbeing in the IP legal professions.

18th Sep 2019 | News

Why mental health matters

“No one is immune and most of us cannot cope alone.” How can we maintain positive mental health? LawCare’s Ann Charlton shared her insight and tips.

3rd Jun 2019