Birmingham Civic Society has awarded a History Plate to Birmingham Law Society in recognition of its longevity and status as one of the UK’s oldest law societies and for its work in serving and representing the legal community locally and nationally. The plaque also marks the Law Society’s connection with 8 Temple Street. Acquired by the Society in 1932 for its headquarters, and to house the Society’s library – it remains a building of historical and architectural interest, which started life as a Temperance Hall.
Awarded at the end of 2018, during the Law Society’s bicentenary year, Amelia Ladbrook, Chairman of Birmingham Civic Society jointly unveiled the History Plate prior to the Law Society’s AGM in April with Birmingham Law Society’s Chairman of the Board Eileen Schofield. The History Plate is now in place on the exterior of the Temple Street building (now occupied by Revolution de Cuba).
At the award ceremony, Amelia Ladbrook highlighted the Civic Society’s recognition of Birmingham Law Society as a worthy History Plate recipient – distinguished for the contributions of its members to life and work in the city and the wider region. She concluded with:
I would also like to acknowledge that over the years, many of your society’s members have also been members – and even trustees of Birmingham Civic Society. So, long may our relationship continue and we wish you all the best for your next 200 years!
James Turner, President of the Birmingham Law Society during its bi-centenary year, opened the event and praised the work of the Civic Society in Birmingham. Both the President and the Chairman of the Board reflected on the importance of Birmingham Law Society as one of the foundationorganisations of Birmingham and one which has stood the test of time. They opined that this is a testament to the strong alliance the Society has with Birmingham, a Society which has supported the communities in and around Birmingham throughout the last 200 years.
Attending the event was DJ Robin Sankey whose forbear Lord Chancellor Sankey opened the building in 1932.