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Monday, 9th January 2012

Sports personality and TV presenter Clare Balding will be in the saddle as the guest speaker at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2012.

Best known as the face of the BBC’s horse racing coverage, Clare is an established name in sports broadcasting. She made her television debut in 1995, presenting Royal Ascot for the BBC, following a successful career as a jockey having been named Champion Lady Rider in 1990.

Since then she has gone on to present Wimbledon and the Olympics and will be part of the BBC team at the London 2012 games.

In 2003, in recognition of her broadcasting achievements, Clare won the Royal Television Society’s ‘Sports Presenter of the Year’, as well as winning awards for ‘Racing Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Racing Broadcaster of the Year’ shortly after.

Away from sport, Clare has worked on numerous TV programmes, including Countryfile, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Trooping the Colour and Crufts.

Andrew Lancaster, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “Having been a successful jockey, Clare has established an enviable reputation as one of the country’s best known TV presenters and we are thrilled to have her as the guest speaker at this year’s Legal Awards.

“With such a varied and interesting career background, I’m looking forward to hearing Clare’s tales of life as a jockey, run-ins with royalty, the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts and the perils of live television broadcasting.”

Joining Clare on stage to keep a tight rein on the evening’s proceedings as guest compere will be Heart FM breakfast show presenter Ed James.

The Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards will take place at the International Convention Centre on Thursday 22 March. More than 500 people are expected to attend the annual event, which has been held since 2002.

Ten awards will be presented on the night, including Trainee Solicitor of the Year, Barrister of the Year, Legal Executive of the Year, Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, International Lawyer of the Year, Partner of the Year, Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners up to four partners), Law Firm of the Year (five to 15 partners) and Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more).

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel made up of high profile figures from the West Midlands’ legal and business community.

Birmingham Law Society is seeking sponsors for this year’s event. For further information contact Rebecca Lynch on 0121 222 4192 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.