Support for Birmingham Law Society members
As you will be aware, Birmingham Law Society has taken the decision to cancel or postpone all of our events that fall into the period that we are advised to avoid social gatherings, as the safety and wellbeing of our members, suppliers and employees remains our top priority. Individuals who had signed up to affected events will be contacted directly with further details.
In the meantime, we are keen to help our members through these difficult times. As this situation continues, we are sure that many of you will have questions or may benefit from conversations with others in our legal community. If you are unsure who to speak to or where to find the answers you need, our team will do what they can to assist. We are working closely with The Law Society of England and Wales to feed back members’ questions and requests for assistance that ought to be addressed at a national level. We are also keen to respond at local level where appropriate. So if you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can help you, please do get in touch with us at events@birminghamlawsociety.
If there are topics that are not yet covered on this site and that you would like The Law Society to address, please let us know and we will pass it on. We know that The Law Society is in discussions with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, the Cabinet Office and others, so we can help ensure that concerns of Birmingham practitioners are passed on in those contexts as well.
The Law Society
The Law Society has uploaded several resources on their website, covering the following issues:
Cornwall Street Barristers
Cornwall Street Barristers have now established three fully equipped office suites for fully remote / hybrid hearings and conferences. Situated on the lower ground floor of their offices in central Birmingham, these suites are available to anyone from the legal profession. All three suites have the latest remote connection technology. Either they can facilitate the connection for you, or the suite can be adapted to any video or audio system provided.
The Solicitors’ Charity has developed a unique COVID-19 Personal Hardship Fund focused on helping those solicitors most in need of support.
The following resources cover the key strands of the LawWorks programmes, training and ongoing policy work.
For anyone experiencing mental health issues, including stress, anxiety or depression or simply wishing to talk, Lawcare can provide support.
Update for Court Users of the Birmingham High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) and Birmingham County Court
Birmingham Law Society Coronavirus Crisis Compliance Clinic
On 15th April 2020, Birmingham Law Society hosted our very own hour-long panel session chaired by Jayne Willetts, Bronwen Still and Matt Moore. You can find the questions and answers from the session below:
The Government has published it’s ‘roadmap’ document:
Updates from Birmingham Law Society
Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to review our offering to our members with a view to providing timely support and assistance where we can. As set out above, your suggestions are welcome.
On behalf of all at Birmingham Law Society, we wish you, your loved ones and your organisations well at this difficult time.
President, Birmingham Law Society