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TEN REASONS TO BE A MEMBER OF
BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Birmingham Law Society now has over 4,400 members and is one of the largest and most vibrant law societies in the country. In the last three years we have added over 1,000 members to our ranks. Every member is important to us and we are ever mindful that our purpose is to represent and to work for the benefit of our membership.

Here are the top ten reasons we believe that our existing members continue to support us and why our membership is increasing each year.

We:

1. Represent our members on the issues that are important to them.

We understand that a collective voice is stronger than a lone voice. We engage in debate regarding the impact of significant legislation affecting our members and have responded to a number of consultation papers on behalf of our members in the last twelve months on issues ranging from criminal law and the cuts to legal aid to the current issue relating to the consultation on the regulation of consumer credit activities which if implemented will have a far reaching impact on the way in which Law Firms are managed.

2. Provide members with a peer to peer forum to engage with other lawyers and business members who have a specific interest in the legal profession.

BLS provides the opportunity to discuss and debate issues affecting them through regular networking events and a host of discipline specific committees such as the dispute resolution committee, family law committee and employment law committee.

3. Offer social and networking opportunities for our members with other professions.

4. Provide topical and relevant training through competitively-priced CPD accredited seminars, conferences and workshops.

The feedback we receive following the seminars are they are relevant, informative and often innovative in the way in which the subject matter is presented.

5. Promote Birmingham as a centre of legal excellence. We engage with the key decision makers around the city.

The city is undergoing a period of significant change and BLS will have a seat at the table when decision are being made and will offer signposting opportunities through the Society. We work hard to create and develop opportunities with other organisations locally, nationally and internationally in order to retain and to bring more legal work to Birmingham.

This year we have created an opportunity of bringing our legal skills out to businesses and have set up a legal clinic where our members can offer legal advice at the Custard Factory. This is one of a number of similar initiatives which is of significant benefit to our members. Details will be published throughout the year as these initiatives are implemented.

Our sell-out annual Legal Awards Ceremony is a testament to the skills and expertise of the legal community and an opportunity to celebrate the success of our members.

6. Provide access to ‘Wider Wallet’ our benefits scheme which offers privileged access to a tempting package of discounts and corporate benefits, all designed to make our members’ money stretch further.

7. Have taken the lead on offering our member firms discounted recruitment rates with our recruitment partners Badenoch & Clark and Bell Cornwall.

8. Create a welcoming and unified legal community for members from the moment they start their legal careers, encouraging talent to qualify and stay in Birmingham.

Relationships are forged at our vibrant networking events and with time a strong sense of community is established.

We have a dedicated student committee which organises events for students considering entering the profession and exposes them to opportunities within the diverse local legal market. We also have strong links with the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society and the Birmingham Solicitors’ Group.

9. Offer our members the opportunity to give something back to the region by organising regular charitable events and fundraising activities.

CSR is a key component of our objectives. Each year the President chooses a charity and during the course of the year we hold a number of fundraising opportunities for our members to show their support for these charities. Historically the charities have been Tiny Babies, SIFA Fireside, Birmingham and Coventry Law Centres, St Basils, Princes Trust and Acorns Children’s Hospice. This Presidential year we are supporting the Princes Trust

In addition our very successful pro bono committee also raises awareness of pro bono volunteering opportunities available to our members. All members are welcome to attend and participate in the events.

10. Listen to our members.

We are here to serve our membership and as such we seek to engage regularly with our membership in order to find out what you want from us. So if you have any suggestions as to how you would like BLS work for you please let us know. You can contact us directly, or tell one of our Council members what you want to see.

We have provided a list of our current Council members for ease of reference.

In conclusion, whether you are an existing member renewing your membership or a new member considering joining us, we are confident that we have something to offer everyone. BLS exists for the membership and listens to the needs of its members.

Membership categories and rates

We have been working hard to increase the Society's trading activities so that subscriptions can be kept at an appropriate level.

MEMBERSHIP/SUBSCRIPTION RATES

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016
 
CORPORATE RATE

All partners must be paid for. Any other employed solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and trainees are able to take advantage of the benefits of membership at no additional charge. Other admitted solicitors employed by the practice are encouraged to apply for membership, although this is not essential.
BIRMINGHAM (City Centre & Birmingham suburbs)

£185 per partner/barrister - Capped at a max. of £3500 (+VAT for barristers only)
COUNTRY
£98 per partner/barrister - £185 if only 1 partner - Capped at a max. of £3500 (+VAT for barristers only)
 
INDIVIDUAL RATE
(Including Legal Executives, Foreign Lawyers and In-house Lawyers)


For solicitors and barristers whose firm is not a member under the corporate rate.

£98 per individual (+VAT for barristers only)
 
RETIRED RATE
£25 + VAT per individual
 
TRAINEE SOLICITOR AND STUDENT RATE
For those whose firm is not a member under the corporate rate and
 for students of law at local universities.
£25 per individual
 
N.B. For new subscriptions taken after 1 February, the membership rates will be taken on a pro-rata basis. This does not apply to any individual or firm that has declined to renew their subscription within the last two years.

HOW TO JOIN

All applications will be sent to Council for approval in their monthly meeting. Applicants will be contacted with a confirmation and subscription invoice after approval by Council.

Approved members will receive a username and password which will give access to the registered parts of the website. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us.

To join as an individual or as a firm, please download one of the forms below and return by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

STUDENT / TRAINEE SOLICITOR MEMBERSHIP

Contact information

If you have any queries about membership, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Johanna Sahi-Proto
Membership & Events Co-ordinator
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suite 101, Cheltenham House
14-16 Temple Street

Birmingham

B2 5BG

DX: 13100 Birmingham