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All Directors of the Board are appointed and approved by Council for a period of 12 months renewable at the discretion of Council for up to three years. Any Director wishing to stand for re-election after three years may do so. The Board reserves the right, subject to approval by Council, to appoint further Directors to the Board, if it feels necessary, for the smooth running of the business of the Society.

The Board meets 10 times a year, and in the event of urgent business matters the Board may call an Extraordinary Board meeting.

Currently, the Board consists of a Chairperson, Vice Chair and other Directors in the following roles: –

  • Equality and Diversity Director
  • Finance Director
  • Learning and Development Director
  • Membership Director
  • PR and Media Director
  • Sponsorship Director

Each year the structure of the Board is reviewed to assess the strategic and business needs of the Board to effectively meet the operational requirements of the Society.

A copy of the Birmingham Law Society Board Business Plan is available from the Head of Operations upon request.

Committee Director Role

The Committee Director will be responsible for overseeing the work of the Committees to ensure they contribute to the Societies Strategic and Business plan.

The Director will be responsible for holding regular meetings with the Chairs to maintain the relationship and keep the committees up to date on policy. This will include:

  • Keeping in touch with each committee to keep up to date on their plans for the year including any events and any matters arising
  • Holding quarterly Committee Chair meetings each a year
  • Reporting back to the Board with full details on developments and support required
  • For the following:

Consultation Committee – chair: Jayne Willetts                                                                                                                              

Criminal Law Committee – chair: Matt O’Brien, Jonas Roy Bloom

Dispute Resolution Committee – chair: Sophie Samani, Henderson and Jones

Education & Training Committee – chair: Catherine Edwards, Keele University

Employment Committee – chair: Charles Rae, Shoosmiths

Equality and Diversity Committee – chair: Karen Bailey, Bailey Wright & Co

Family Law Committee – chair: Claire Darley, Higgs & Sons

In-house Committee – Grace Ononiwu, Crown Prosecution Service

International Committee – chair: Tony McDaid, No5 Chambers

Membership Committee – chair: Caroline Coates

Property & Development Committee – chair: Denise Watkins, Gordon Jones & Co

Pro Bono Committee – chair: Mark Taylor, Eversheds Sutherland International

Personal Injury – chair: Sarah Corser, Shoosmiths

Student Committee – chair: James Farmer, Cornwall Street Chambers

Legal Tech Committee –chair:  Inez Brown

Closing date: Close of business on Monday 14 December 2020

If you are interested in this role, please email: becky@birminghamlawsociety.co.uk

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