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02 Aug: Joined up thinking across legal Commonwealth community crucial as a post-games legacy

The Commonwealth Games must provide a legacy for the legal industry to join together in order to tackle the multiple…

01 Aug: HMCTS update: probate service user group & scanning issues

The Law Society have been informed about differing performance levels with some grants taking eight weeks to issue while others can…

01 Aug: New guidance gives clarity on solicitors’ undertakings

Guidance has been published on how solicitors can best deal with the risks associated with accepting undertakings given by corporate…

29 Jul: University of Law – Birmingham Campus 21 Alumni Project

  As the University of Law celebrate their 21st birthday, they want to highlight the achievements of their fantastic alumni….

29 Jul: Annual General Meeting 2022 – Annual Awards to Trainee Solicitors

The Birmingham Law Society offers, each year, a number of prizes to those trainees who have passed the Legal Practice…

27 Jul: Birmingham solicitors called on to help combat ongoing crises

More solicitors in England’s second city are being called on to support vulnerable people through ongoing crises both in Birmingham…

26 Jul: EU Speed Limiters Alone Will Not Tackle Speeding on UK Roads, Says Driving Offence Solicitor

A legal expert who specialises in driving law has said that any new speed limiting technology must be supported by…

19 Jul: Former Rough Sleeper Climbs Snowdon for Birmingham Homeless Charity

A former client turned employee of SIFA Fireside – Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people –…

06 Jul: Birmingham Law Society Council Elections 2022

The Birmingham Law Society Council nominations are now open and the deadline is Friday 29th July 2022. The Annual General Meeting…

01 Jul: Pro Bono / Support Through Court

Cuts to legal aid mean thousands of people every year are going through court alone. Without representation, people are left…

01 Jul: Expand your knowledge of international arbitration procedures

Ideal for practicing lawyers and other legal professionals wishing to increase their understanding of international commercial arbitration, CIArb’s leading training…

01 Jul: Cybercrimes Threat in the Payments’ Sector

In a changing world where businesses and their employees have grown used to working from home, cybercrime is on the…

01 Jul: National Law Society: Notice of Council elections/ vacancies

Preliminary notice is given that elections of members of the Council will take place for the constituencies and special interest…

01 Jul: West Midlands supporters officially recognised by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

A group of dedicated community and corporate supporters from across the West Midlands have been officially recognised at Midlands Air…

01 Jul: Gender Equality, Child Exploitation and Diversity Explored in Free to Attend Birmingham Law Society Commonwealth Conference

  A free to attend legal conference hosted by Birmingham Law Society, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and University of Birmingham, will…

10 Jun: Western Union June report

Western Union Business Solutions provides us with monthly market insight into global currencies. The June reports outline the key events…

27 May: Equality and Diversity in Sporting Law on the Agenda at Two-Day Commonwealth Conference

A legal conference hosted by Birmingham Law Society, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and University of Birmingham, will explore equality and diversity…

13 May: Those working in legal are the happiest and highest earners in the UK

Credit: Unsplash • The Career Welfare Index by Phoenix Health & Safety reveals the best and worst jobs for health, pay,…

13 May: New Guide Tackles Lack of Empathy In Law Firms

As data reveals UK legal firms often fail to deliver the personal touch – a new guide has been launched…

13 May: Lawcare Extends Online Chat Service

Legal mental health charity LawCare has extended its online chat service for legal professionals from one to four days a…

22 Apr: Lawyer – Clinical Negligence

LAWYER – CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE Salary: Negotiable Location: Weightmans LLP, Birmingham Closing Date: Until role is filled Following our recent successful re-appointment…

12 Apr: Legal Aid Means Test must be wakeup call for industry to prioritise victims over profit, lawyer says

An experienced lawyer, who has devoted his career to supporting domestic abuse victims, is urging legal professionals across the UK…

04 Apr: Local legal talent celebrated at Birmingham Law Society’s Legal Awards

Recognising the achievements of Birmingham’s legal talent, the winners of Birmingham Law Society’s Legal Awards were announced on Thursday night….

29 Mar: Opportunity for IP firms to help future proof their operations

As the world emerges out of the COVID-19 pandemic economy, the opportunity for IP firms to help future proof their…

24 Mar: What To Consider Financially When Selling A Business To Retire

At the start of 2021 there were 5.5 million small businesses, but this was down by 6.5% on the previous…

07 Mar: Legal Comment on the Sue Gray findings

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07 Mar: Final Legal Awards 2022

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01 Feb: Commercial Litigation – Birmingham – “No One Thinks They Are The Bad Guy”

Sydney Mitchell’s litigation team is renowned for fighting its clients’ corner and always try to get the best result for…

01 Feb: Rising Stars And Top Tier For Sydney Mitchell’s Immigration Team

  Andre Minnaar and Melissa Southall are a shining light for their clients recognised as ‘rising stars’ in the Legal…

01 Feb: Anthony Collins Solicitors: Christopher Lloyd-Smith on Family Law Post COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all facets of daily life, from hybrid working to click and…

31 Jan: 2021 Proved to be A Successful Year For All at St Philips Barristers

Despite being fraught with the new challenges and curveballs we all had to contend with, 2021 proved to be a…

28 Jan: St Ives Chambers: A ‘modern and approachable set’ – Legal 500 2022

We were delighted to announce the appointment of our former Head of Chambers, Jeremy Weston QC, as a circuit judge…

27 Jan: Kang & Co Solicitors Raise Funds for Sense, Complex Disabilities Charity

Sense are a truly brilliant national charity that have supported and enabled the lives of children and adults who have…

26 Jan: Duncan Craig on The Hospitality Industry Post COVID-19

Hello, I’m Duncan Craig, Head of Licensing at Citadel Chambers in Birmingham where I have been practising as a barrister…

26 Jan: Birmingham Family Law Team Known For Their Excellence

HCR’s family law team in Birmingham team, “excellent practitioners in their field”, garnered high praise from the Legal 500, confirming…

24 Jan: Clerksroom: Modern Chambers approach in a time of change

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the entire legal profession to adopt new ways of working. For Clerksroom, who started working online…

21 Jan: Soft Power in Hard Times: How music can help in extraordinary circumstances

Internationally renowned concert pianist Di Xiao will be sharing her musical talents and talking about the power and importance of…

21 Jan: The Benefits Of Holistic Financial Planning For Business Owners

The world of financial services and wealth management can be complicated. At Punter Southall Wealth we’re here to make sense…

21 Jan: Cornwall Street – Celebrating Success Around the Region

As the impact of Covid continues to be felt across the UK, it’s a matter of some considerable pride to…

20 Jan: 3PB Growth in Birmingham

The Birmingham office of 3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings) continues to go from strength to strength and is by some…

31 Aug: Squire Patton Boggs Advises Joint Venture on Acquisition of Iconic Film Studios

Squire Patton Boggs has advised the world’s leading media real estate and studio services organisation, a joint venture of Hackman…

27 Aug: How to use the Birmingham Law Society Forum

How to use the Birmingham Law Society Forum The Birmingham Law Society Forum is an area for you to discuss all…

24 Aug: Diversity Inclusion Scheme 2021 Winner Announced!

Huge congratulations to Suraj Hallan on receiving this year’s Diversity Inclusion Scheme. Suraj said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have…

20 Aug: Forresters announced as patron of the Technology Supply Chain

A leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys has become one of the latest patrons of the Technology Supply…

19 Aug: Redditch Ladies Circle Announces Midlands Air Ambulance Charity As Chosen Charity Of The Year

Redditch Ladies Circle have announced Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as their chosen charity for the year. From June 2021 until…

12 Aug: Irwin Mitchell Announces 11th Consecutive Year of Growth With Rise In Revenue And Profit

Strong financial performance in challenging operating conditions Irwin Mitchell has announced an 11th consecutive year of growth for the 2020-21…

04 Aug: Will Aid 2021 – Take Part!

Solicitors like us can help charities continue their life-changing work by taking part in Will Aid this year and reap…

04 Aug: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Walk4Life Returns

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is delighted to announce its popular annual Walk4Life event in Rock, near Kidderminster, is back and…

04 Aug: Success For Irwin Mitchell Asbestos Lawyers In ‘Groundbreaking’ Court Of Appeal Judgment

Court Recognises The Importance Of Looking At The Practical Reality In Landmark Case Addressing Loss Of Financial Dependency  Lawyers at…

04 Aug: UK financial institutions spend an average of £374k each year on preventing financial crime

Financial crime* prevention costs UK financial institutions an average of £374k every year, according to new research from the global…

27 Jul: Squire Patton Boggs in Birmingham Advises on £1.35 Billion of Deals in H1 2021

Squire Patton Boggs has advised on 22 transactions worth £1.35 billion during the first half of 2021. Headline deals included…

23 Jul: Will you join Liz McGrath QC to combat modern slavery?

It seems obscene to me that almost 200 years after Abolition, modern slavery is as real and current an evil…

19 Jul: BMet Offer Paralegal Apprenticeship Focusing On All Things Legal

Start 2021 with an apprentice!  The government recently introduced a range of incentives for employers who are committed to recruiting…

13 Jul: NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021 – 28 July 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 202nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) of the Birmingham Law Society will be held at…

06 Jul: Squire Patton Boggs Advises on Historic New Automotive Venture – The Combination of Rimac Automobili and Bugatti Automobiles

Squire Patton Boggs has advised Croatian Rimac Automobili on its combination with iconic French automotive brand Bugatti Automobiles, a subsidiary…

05 Jul: Remembering Christopher James – Past President, Birmingham Law Society (1983-84).

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Christopher James –  Past President, Birmingham Law Society…

30 Jun: Billion-dollar unicorn ideas sought for new fully-funded new product development programme

Billion-dollar unicorn ideas sought for new fully-funded new product development programme £1.2 million worth of funding for software development up…

24 Jun: Have you considered becoming a Trustee or a school Governor?

An opportunity had arisen to join a fantastic Charity as a Board Trustee, – The Charity is a Youth Engagement Specialists…

24 Jun: Criminal Law Committee responds to WM Police and Crime Commissioner’s call for evidence

Birmingham Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee has responded to the new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s call for evidence….

21 Jun: Annual award of prizes to the most outstanding trainees – Apply now!

Are you a trainee solicitor and commenced your training contract in the calendar year 2020? Did you pass your Legal…

10 Jun: Irwin Mitchell Becomes Official Legal Partner of British Rowing

Three Year Deal Confirms Law Firm As Choice For Sports Governing Bodies  Irwin Mitchell has been announced as the Official…

09 Jun: A new specialist currency and payments offering to Birmingham Law Society members.

Western Union Business Solutions and Birmingham Law Society have agreed a sponsorship to offer specialist currency and payments expertise to…

01 Jun: Referral fees and fee sharing – where are we now?

This subject has long been controversial. When formal arrangements for the introduction of business were first permitted by the Solicitors’…

01 Jun: Cyber Crime – A Danger to All

Cyber Crime is a clear and present danger to all in connected to Private, Public and third sector organisations. Globally…

31 May: Quilter Cheviot: The importance of investing

The thought of investing can sometimes be quite daunting because it puts the pressure on having to think about the…

30 May: The Wilkes Partnership’s Corporate Team advises Quattro Pensions in deal with Broadstone Group

Headed by Gareth O’Hara, Senior Partner, the Wilkes Partnership’s Corporate Team has advised Redditch based Quattro Pensions in a deal…

29 May: Lodders hires estate and tax planning specialist

Qualified barrister, tax, estate planning, wills and trusts specialist Alana Graham, has joined regional law firm Lodders in its top-ranking…

28 May: Thursfields welcomes new rules for converting commercial high street premises into homes

New rules making it easier for commercial premises to be converted into homes to help revitalise England’s high streets and…

28 May: Mills & Reeve ranked in the top 10 Best Companies to Work for in the Midlands

  The Birmingham office of law firm Mills & Reeve is celebrating after being featured in the top 10 places to…

27 May: Lockdown lifted your savings? Top tips for making your money work for you

 ichard Ollive, financial consultant at Wesleyan Group, the specialist financial services mutual doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyersexplores how lawyers can…

26 May: In conversation with Jay Bhayani

In 2021, it’s anticipated that two new law firms will open every working day. To help these budding startups to…

25 May: Keeping it Class E

Just before Easter Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a package of measures to revitalise England’s high streets and town centres….

24 May: For crying out cloud: digital conveyancing in an instant gratification culture

By Bronwyn Townsend, Senior Marketing Manager, InfoTrack Increased access to the internet has bred a culture of instant gratification over…

21 May: A holistic approach to changing private client lives for the better

Many privileges come with being a private client lawyer. We form strong bonds with our clients and pursue interesting work…

20 May: BLS Consultation Committee responds to SRA consultation on Professional Indemnity Insurance – cyber cover

The Birmingham Law Society Consultation Committee has responded to the SRA Consultation on Professional Indemnity Insurance – cyber cover The…

17 May: Shakespeare Martineau appoints award-winning education real estate partner as Birmingham head

Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has appointed heavy-weight education and real estate partner Clive Read as it’s head of Birmingham. Winner…

13 May: 10,000 Black Interns Project – Would your Chambers like to help provide work experience to Black students and graduates?

Would your Chambers like to help provide work experience to Black students and graduates? 1. 10,000 Black Interns (“10KBI”) is…

06 May: Criminal Law Committee responds to the Ministry of Justice Independent review of criminal legal aid: Call for Evidence

The Criminal Law Committee has responded to the Ministry of Justice Independent review of criminal legal aid: Call for Evidence  The…

04 May: MEMBER NEWS: Six promotions as the Wilkes Partnership goes from strength to strength

Midlands law firm the Wilkes Partnership has announced a round of six promotions as it sets its sights on another…

04 May: MEMBER NEWS: DWF partners in Birmingham take global leadership roles

DWF appoints Birmingham partners to global leadership positions DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has announced…

04 May: MEMBER NEWS: 19 Partner Promotions For Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has promoted 19 to partner and 75 to associate and senior associate roles. The 19 new partners cover…

04 May: MEMBER NEWS: Penningtons Manches Cooper Expands Birmingham Office Again

The Birmingham office of top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has announced its latest senior appointments. Partners Adam McGiveron…

29 Apr: BLS responds to Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform by Ministry of Justice

The Birmingham Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee has responded to the Ministry of Justice Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform. The…

16 Apr: Leading regional talent celebrated at virtual Legal Awards 2020/21

Birmingham’s legal community celebrated the achievements and commitment of its peers last night, after the winners of the prestigious Legal…

09 Apr: DWF Foundation gives over £4,000 to charities

The DWF Foundation (also referred to as the Foundation) is an independent charity, founded by DWF Law LLP. It has…

08 Apr: Birmingham solicitor who survived heart attack named as first BHF Business Ambassador

A Birmingham solicitor who survived a heart attack has been announced as the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) first Business Ambassador…

06 Apr: Dispute Resolution Committee Respond to Guideline Hourly Rates Consultation

The Civil Justice Council review of guideline hourly rates has been eagerly anticipated by litigators, given that the rates have not…

01 Apr: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Airbase Challenge Reaches Milestone

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) has had a successful start to its Air30 Airbase Challenge with participants clocking up more…

31 Mar: Closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) will stop accepting new claims after 30 September 2021….

23 Mar: Birmingham Law Society unveils shortlist as Legal Awards go virtual

Nominations for this year’s Legal Awards have been announced by Birmingham Law Society, with the annual celebratory event taking place…

17 Mar: Landmark Planning: A Clearer View of Future Plans

Landmark has provided planning application information for residential conveyancing through Plansearch and Plansearch Plus for many years. Landmark information was…

15 Mar: No5 reaffirms its position as a leading set and appoints two new heads of chambers

In what has been a challenging past twelve months there were many positives gained for No5, including the announcement of…

15 Mar: Focus on knowledge and client care vital in post-Covid world say St Philips Chambers

Barristers’ chambers wishing to be at the forefront in a post-Covid world must focus on education, training, the tech revolution…

15 Mar: Aligning principles to find the right fit?

Private Client lawyers looking to develop relationships with financial planners have a lot to consider, not least of which is…

15 Mar: St Ives Chambers: continued success in a challenging year

Notwithstanding the huge challenges of the past year, it is especially pleasing that St Ives Chambers has continued to experience…

15 Mar: 3PB Become Fastest Grown Chambers in City

The Birmingham centre for 3PB Barristers (3 Paper Buildings) continues to go from strength to strength and is the fastest…

15 Mar: Committed to excellence

Experience, dedication and a commitment to excellence in their advice and support for clients means that Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ family…

15 Mar: Squire Patton Boggs Promotes Two Birmingham Lawyers to Partnership

Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior lawyers to the Birmingham partnership. Michelle Adams (Real…

12 Mar: UK’s legal community to unite this summer for the return of the Legal Walks

The annual Legal Walks are set to return in-person for 2021 – government guidelines permitting Walks will take place in…

09 Mar: Next Steps: Developing Skills Online

Technology has been the solution to many challenges during COVID-19. Professionally, in the legal sector to conduct virtual hearings and…

09 Mar: Kang & Co Solicitors: Supporting Local Charities

Kang & Co Solicitors, a law firm based in Birmingham City Centre which specialises in representing clients for the full…

09 Mar: Hospitality and Events after Covid-19 by Edgbaston Stadium Chief Executive Stuart Cain

The hospitality and events industry has felt the brute force of the COVID pandemic since the introduction of the first…

09 Mar: Sweeping leasehold changes – or a fight?

In my previous article I set out some of the changes that the Law Commission has recommended to facilitate the…

09 Mar: A Happy EBITDA

As we were growing up, many of us were told “If you work hard, you will be successful and that…

09 Mar: Technology and AML Compliance

By Ian Marriott, Director, INDEX Midlands Virtual working is now commonplace and is set to continue to some extent, on…

09 Mar: To take or not to take ( your annual leave that is … ! )

Without doubt it has been a year like no other for holidays, most of us have not taken our usual…

09 Mar: Birmingham Law Society book campaign for local primary schools

Members of Birmingham Law Society have been donating funds to ensure every primary school in the city has a copy…

08 Mar: BLS REACH Committee Spoken Word Competition Compilation Video Now Available

The Birmingham Law Society, Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) subcommittee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020…

05 Mar: Legal 500 Released in Print and Online

After an enforced, 12-month hiatus thanks to COVID-19, we are thrilled to bring you the brand new edition of Legal…

04 Mar: Work Begins On Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s New Airbase and Headquarters

Wednesday 3rd March was a momentous day for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, as the first spade entered the ground to…

01 Mar: BLS Council Members Writes on Accent Bias in the Law Society Gazette

BLS Council member Alice Kinder has commented on accent bias in the law in the Law Society Gazette. But why…

26 Feb: BLS Employment Law Committee responds to two consultations

Birmingham Law Society  employment law committee has responded to two consultations published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial…

25 Feb: Oosha Releases Digital Workspace Guide

For many law firms, the future is hybrid. A combination of remote, in-office, and on-the-move working is expected to become…

19 Feb: Irwin Mitchell And Family Fund Help Families By Hosting Latest Virtual Even

National Charity And Law Firm Joined Forces On Webinar  A team of expert lawyers joined forces with a national charity…

18 Feb: Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Announced As Brainwave’s First Legal Partner

Charity Partnership Set To Launch This Month Law firm Irwin Mitchell has joined forces with Brainwave to become the charity’s…

18 Feb: Ever Thought of Being A School Governor?

  Want to be part of a vibrant, interesting and creative group of people who oversee the Governance of a…

11 Feb: Talbots Law strengthens Trusts and Estates team after 20% growth in 2020

One of the West Midlands leading law firms is looking to capitalise on significant growth in its Wills, Trusts and…

09 Feb: If ever there was a time for supporting leaders – it’s now

In the past year, a year of huge change, challenge and uncertainty, Common Purpose UK has created new, virtual leadership…

05 Feb: VWV approach expands with new hire

VWV approach, the free law firm referral and support network operated by national law firm VWV, welcomed James Shepherd as…

25 Jan: BLS responds to Legal Services Board Consultation

The Birmingham Law Society Consultation Committee has responded to the Legal Services Board consultation on the Board’s strategy for the…

21 Jan: Client ordered to pay £25,000 damages for libelous review

A client who posted unsubstantiated defamatory claims about the law firm Summerfield Browne on a review website has been ordered…

18 Jan: Employers urged to stay in contact with their workforce as Blue Monday highlights support requirements

As we experience the first-ever Blue Monday in lockdown, employers must ensure a dialogue is established with employees if there…

15 Jan: An Evening with the President of Birmingham Law Society and Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair CBE, QC became a barrister in 1976 and Queen’s Counsel in 1995. In 1999, she was appointed a recorder…

13 Jan: Top 10 Compliance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Compliance should be neither an afterthought nor a burden – it should be a natural consequence of running your law…

13 Jan: Opportunity Meets Preparation: Empowerment Through Technology for Law Firms

The UK housing market is flourishing at present, a predication few would have made during the murky depths of lockdown…

13 Jan: Three Things to Think About When You’re Re-Mortgaging Your Home

Sarah Deacon, Area Manager for Wesleyan Financial Services (WFS) who specialises in providing financial advice to lawyers, explains the top…

13 Jan: Compliance Top Ten for 2021 – Written by Jayne Willetts, Solicitor Advocate, Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors

What does 2021 have in store for us? With so much to choose from, here are ten of the significant…

13 Jan: What is ESG & What Does It Mean For Law Firms?

ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance and is a set of factors that assess how an organisation impacts on…

13 Jan: The R Word: Developing Resilience in Testing Times

“If I hear that bloody word again…” Words from one of my clients last year on the board of directors…

13 Jan: The End of Privacy Shield & New Requirements For Standard Contractual Clauses

In July 2020, the European Court of Justice dealt a major blow to organisations that transfer personal data to the…

13 Jan: Driving the West Midlands Tech Revolution in Professional Services

A collaboration between the West Midlands’ largest and most well-established businesses and emerging tech firms aims to accelerate a technology…

13 Jan: The Importance of Notice Clauses in Share Purchase Agreements

As a matter of course share purchase agreements contain clauses about the notifying of claims. The norm is to see…

13 Jan: The Trade In Services Under the UK-EU Trade & Co-Operation Agreement (TCA)

The service sector accounts for around 80 percent of the UK economy and makes up more than 40 percent of…

13 Jan: New Partners & First Legal Directors at Anthony Collins Solicitors

Birmingham-based Anthony Collins Solicitors has appointed its first legal directors as part of a series of promotions which includes three…

13 Jan: Planning Points for Business Owners – On Death and During Lifetime

Everyone should consider what their wishes are for their assets on their death and seek advice on a will, but…

13 Jan: Asset Management Division Offering Advice to Charity Members

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is building on its relationship with the Spinal Injuries Association after being appointed the charity’s first…

06 Jan: The Trade in Services under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

The service sector accounts for around 80 percent of the UK economy and makes up more than 40 percent of…

04 Jan: Squire Patton Boggs Announces New Managing Partner in Birmingham

Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Charlie Frost will become the next managing partner of the firm’s Birmingham…

15 Dec: Unclear regulations could be behind public lawbreaking, lawyers say

A number of the West Midlands’/UK’s leading lawyers have admitted that the decline in the UK public’s respect towards the…

14 Dec: Scholarship Success Under Diversity Inclusion Scheme

Two students are on their way to becoming solicitors, thanks to the diversity inclusion scheme set up by Inez Brown,…

07 Dec: The Legal Tech Virtual Forum: What We Learnt

At the beginning of the month, we played host to the Birmingham Law Society’s very first Legal Tech Virtual Forum….

02 Dec: BLS President, Inez Brown Secures Coverage in the Law Gazette

Inez Brown, president of Birmingham Law Society has covered the BLS Big Debate event in the Law Gazette. You can…

01 Dec: How the pandemic has marked a turning point in the use of e-signatures

During the first national lockdown the housing market saw a period of reduced activity, closely followed by a boom fuelled…

01 Dec: Respect for the law at ‘breaking point’ new survey shows

Respect for the law at ‘breaking point’ new survey shows 32.5% of the UK public believe it is acceptable to…

01 Dec: Equal Custody Requests Rocket

The family team in Shakespeare Martineau’s Birmingham office has seen an uplift in requests for childcare arrangements allowing for equal…

26 Nov: How separating parents can come together to put children’s wellbeing first

Children’s needs are often overlooked when parents communication has broken down and in conflict. Divorce or separation is a confusing…

25 Nov: Almost one in four likely to break lockdown restrictions on Christmas Day

Almost one in four Brits have admitted that they will break any lockdown restrictions that attempt to prevent them seeing…

25 Nov: COVID-19’s Impact: Practice Areas by Work Type

Showing clear signs of recovery in the sector, legal activity in September bounced back to an average of 19% more…

24 Nov: VWV Partner Recognised as Legal Influencer

Shivaji Shiva, a charity law specialist at award-winning law firm VWV,  has been recognised with the title ‘Legal Influencer’ by…

23 Nov: What has COVID-19 Taught Law Firms About Flexible Working?

As lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease, many in the legal sector are thinking about how and when to return…

23 Nov: Birmingham Law Society recognises Lodders lawyer’s fifty-year landmark

In recognition of 50-years in the legal profession, Birmingham Law Society has presented Michael Orlik of regional law firm Lodders,…

17 Nov: NALP Announces New Addition to its Board

NALP, the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, has appointed Chantal Cooke to its Board of Directors joining CEO Amanda Hamilton…

15 Nov: The Legal Ombudsman – Doing A Difficult Job?

WRITTEN BY JAYNE WILLETTS, SOLICITOR ADVOCATE, JAYNE WILLETTS & CO SOLICITORS. During this unusual period whilst most of us have…

15 Nov: 70s Quiz Raises Money for Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust is a national charity supporting over 5,000 families affected by childhood acquired brain injury every…

13 Nov: The Legacy of Coal Mining

In the summer, I read an article in the Observer newspaper that questioned whether we are facing the imminent end…

12 Nov: Interview Techniques and Tips For Getting A Job As A Paralegal

Attending a job interview can be a daunting experience, which is hardly surprising when you are being examined under close…

12 Nov: Selling Probate Property… For Free! … Keep The Inheritance, In The Estate!

There is a new way to sell probate property, without the estate bearing any of the selling fees and with…

12 Nov: Supporting Leaders & Developing Skills

“If ever there was a time for supporting leaders – it’s now” writes Louise Teboul, Operations Director, Common Purpose UK…

11 Nov: Higgs & Sons Named as Spinal Injuries Association Partner

Alongside one other partner, Higgs & Sons has been selected to support The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) as its Trusted…

11 Nov: Birmingham Law Society Announces New Partnership with Insight 6

Birmingham Law Society are delighted to announce we are partnering with local customer experience specialists insight6 who work with over…

11 Nov: Home Sweet Home – The Pros & Cons of Working From Home

In 2020 the government exhorted the nation variously to work from home, to return to the work place and then…

10 Nov: Employers advised that forced lockdown ‘holiday leave’ could be unlawful

Forcing employees to take holiday leave as part of lockdown could be unlawful, according to one of the UK’s leading…

10 Nov: Apprentices Success at National Paralegal Awards

Paralegal apprentice Michelle Blackwell was named ‘Paralegal of the Year (Midlands/North)’ at the virtual ceremony. Michelle is a former winner…

06 Nov: Changing jobs during a pandemic – shared learning from four Birmingham solicitors

The Birmingham legal sector is a close-knit community and after several years working in the sector and moving firms, you’ll…

02 Nov: Six Ways That Businesses Can Help Reduce Employee Stress

Ahead of Stress Awareness Day (4 November), Cheryl Lythgoe, Matron at Benenden Health, shared her tips for employers on how to…

30 Oct: Birmingham lawyers call for clarity as Tier 3 lockdown looms

Birmingham lawyers are urging the Government and local authorities to provide clear guidance to residents and businesses, as the city…

26 Oct: BLS Dispute Resolution Committee responds to Independent Review of Administrative Law

The Independent Review of Administrative Law seeks to examine whether Judicial Review strikes the right balance between enabling affected citizens…

05 Oct: The Parenting Apart Programme

The Parenting Apart Programme has been specifically designed to support parents to communicate and to prioritise the emotional wellbeing of…

09 Sep: BLS Criminal Law Committee responds to Sentencing Council consultation on sentencing guidelines for assault offences

Birmingham Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on the revised definitive sentencing guidelines for…

09 Sep: BLS Private Client Committee respond to Non-contentious probate consultation

The Ministry of Justice propose changing the non-contentious probate rules to make it mandatory for professional users (solicitors and other…

09 Sep: Reflections on my time as chair (and trustee) of LawCare

Written by Brownwen Still I have this month stood down as chair of the Board of Trustees of LawCare and…

09 Sep: Top Tips to help you get work as a Paralegal

By Amanda Hamilton, NALP If you are wondering what to do next because you have been made redundant during the…

09 Sep: Running An Effective Digital Law Firm

Lockdown has provided a catalyst for major operational change within the legal sector. The firms that put robust plans in…

09 Sep: What does the legal profession need to change to stop failing people with mental health issues when they’ve been accused of a crime?

By Caroline Spencer-Boulton, NALP Licenced Paralegal, 24:7 Criminal Defence Over the years, there’s been a definite failure by the legal…

09 Sep: Your ‘how’ is the new ‘how’ – embrace change and stand-out from the crowd

By Alex Bishop – partner and co-head of the Birmingham office, Shoosmiths Law firms are not known for embracing change…

03 Sep: The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – by The Law Society

The SQE has been in development since 2015, with multiple consultations in response to which the Law Society has consistently…

28 Aug: Important information about PII renewal from The Law Society

Chair of the Law Society’s Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee Nick Gurney-Champion issues an important warning to solicitors: you should already be arranging…

18 Aug: The Birmingham Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Committee has responded to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on post-EU reforms for British Courts

The Birmingham Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Committee has responded to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on post-EU reforms for…

11 Aug: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity To Benefit From New Partnership With The RAC

As part of the RAC’s continued partnership with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the company has launched a new affinity scheme,…

30 Jul: Five Missions Made Possible For Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Five Missions Made Possible For Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Gulshan Radio, the first and only Asian radio station in the…

30 Jul: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY MAKES HISTORY AS IT PREPARES TO SWEAR-IN FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT IN 202 YEAR HISTORY

The Birmingham Law Society – the oldest Society outside of London – is to, today (28th July 2020), swear-in its…

30 Jul: Inez Brown Presidency – Media Coverage

Insider: https://www.insidermedia.com/news/midlands/historic-law-society-set-for-first-black-president Also on the Insider newsletter: https://www.insidermedia.com/newsletter/west-midlands-tuesday-28-july-2020 BBC West Midlands (Starts at 1:21:45 mins in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08kqprz Business Live: https://www.business-live.co.uk/professional-services/birmingham-law-society-appoints-first-18668110 Dluxe: https://dluxe-magazine.co.uk/birmingham/birmingham-law-society-to-swear-in-first-black-president-in-202-year-history ITV News Piece: https://www.itv.com/news/central/2020-07-28/meet-the-first-black-president-of-the-birmingham-law-society Law…

22 Jul: Response to Carer’s Leave Consultation

Response to Carer’s Leave Consultation The BLS Employment Committee has responded to the Government’s Consultation on Carer’s Leave. Recognising the…

21 Jul: Moneypenny Launches Covid-19 Screening Bot for Law Firms

Moneypenny Launches Covid-19 Screening Bot for Law FirmsA new online Self-screening Bot has been launched to help law firms manage…

21 Jul: The day in the life of a relationship manager at the Law Society – Rav Hothi, the Law Society

The day in the life of a relationship manager at the Law Society – Rav Hothi, the Law Society Dear…

14 Jul: Midlands Charities’ Saving Lives Challenge 2.0

Midlands Charities’ Saving Lives Challenge 2.0 A former patient of two local, lifesaving organisations is undertaking an extreme fundraising challenge…

07 Jul: Coronavirus disruption and peak holiday season outsourced cashiering support by Julian Bryan, Managing Director, Quill

Coronavirus disruption and peak holiday season outsourced cashiering support by Julian Bryan, Managing Director, Quill At no time ever is…

07 Jul: Spoken word competition – Winners Announced!

The BAME sub committee is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural spoken word competition Sana Haris and the…

07 Jul: Will Aid needs you!

Will Aid needs you! Will Aid is an annual campaign that takes place every November. Founded in 1988 by solicitors…

07 Jul: Talbots named best law firm to work for in the Black Country

Talbots named best law firm to work for in the Black Country   Talbots Law has been named as the…

07 Jul: Social through screens; a new normal – Grace Mullis, Trainee Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Social through screens; a new normal. With society in lockdown, we are adapting to use virtual connections more than ever…

07 Jul: Financing Law Firms Amidst The Pandemic By Robert Hanna, MD Augusta

Financing Law Firms Amidst The Pandemic By Robert Hanna, MD Augusta The impact of coronavirus has put many Law Firms…

07 Jul: A Time For Reflection – Yetunde Dania

A TIME FOR REFLECTION As I sit at my dining table (which has been doubling up as my office over…

03 Jul: In For A Penny, In For A Mission

In For A Penny, In For A Mission Unable to host bucket collections due to the pandemic, Midlands Air Ambulance…

30 Jun: 100 DAYS AFTER LOCKDOWN

MARKING 100 days since the UK officially went into lockdown (23 March 2020), Shakespeare Martineau is hosting a week of…

26 Jun: Former Chair of the Bar appointed Head of St Philips Chambers

One of the largest barristers’ chambers in the country has appointed a well-known QC as Head of Chambers. St Philips…

24 Jun: Bevan Brittan Appointed to Housing Consortium Legal Framework

The law firm Bevan Brittan LLP has been appointed to the legal services framework operated by the Central Housing Investment…

08 Jun: Looking to the future: the Freelancer option

Looking to the future: the Freelancer option Written by Jayne Willetts, Solicitor Advocate, Jayne Willetts & CO Solicitors. With the…

08 Jun: Back to business: Helping law firms along the road to recovery

Back to business: Helping law firms along the road to recovery  Author: Matthew Newton, Oosha June 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic…

08 Jun: Five things every lawyer should be asking their financial consultant right now

Five things every lawyer should be asking their financial consultant right now Ian Biddle & Richard Olive, Midlands based senior…

08 Jun: Contingency planning with Quill

Contingency planning with Quill By Julian Bryan, Managing Director, Quill The SRA expects its regulated law firms to ‘continue to…

08 Jun: Does Legal Professional Privilege apply to Paralegal Lawyers?

Does Legal Professional Privilege apply to Paralegal Lawyers?  By Amanda Hamilton, CEO of NALP, and Jane Robson, Director of compliance…

05 Jun: BLS stands up against racial inequality

Most of the world has been outraged by the death of George Floyd.  Sadly his death has highlighted ongoing injustices…

04 Jun: Cybersecurity: Are your incident management plans fit for purpose in the new normal?

The new normal The way that the majority of us now work has changed beyond recognition in a few short weeks. IT departments have worked tirelessly to…

02 Jun: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are recruiting!

Birmingham 2022 are looking for an experienced, commercially savvy and diplomatic new hire to join the Organising Committee (OC) as…

28 May: Spotlight on: Family Law Committee

Birmingham Law Society has 14 professional committees, dealing with different areas of legal practice and/or areas of common interest to…

26 May: Changing Our Lives: Rights-based charity seeking pro bono support with understanding and application of the Human Rights Act and other relevant legislation (May 2020)

Changing Our Lives is a rights-based organisation, that works alongside disabled people and people experiencing mental health difficulties, of all…

22 May: The In-house Landscape of Birmingham and the Midlands

This article from The Law Society’s In-house Division looks at the in-house landscape of Birmingham and the Midlands and includes…

22 May: Changing the Locks During Lockdown: The Coronavirus Act 2020, commercial property & forfeiture

By Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell 3PB Barristers In recent years the rise of e-commerce has challenged the traditional High…

22 May: Enhance Your Practice’s Marketing in Lockdown

It is important everyone stays safe, but we shouldn’t shy away from talking about marketing during this time, after all…

22 May: Supporting the Conveyancing Industry – by Tony Rollason

While at the start of the year, Brexit was considered as one of our main concerns or risks to the…

19 May: Lockdown: Top Ten Compliance Activities – by Jayne Willetts

I am writing this column as we begin week 4 of the lockdown. My sincerest wish is that, by the…

19 May: Embrace Remote Working from Home with Confidence and Efficiency – by John Espley, LEAP UK

John Espley, LEAP UK CEO writes about the rise of remote working and the long-term benefits it can bring to…

19 May: Furloughing and Annual Leave

So, with much of the population now furloughed, everything seems to have settled down somewhat and all the major confusion…

19 May: How to Deal with Working from Home

Many of us will be working at home for a while which will be challenging. Being out of the office…

18 May: Landmark Information Group welcomes Safe Working Charter to restart England’s property market

Landmark Information Group, the leading provider of information to the UK’s property market, is today welcoming the announcement made by…

14 May: Important message from Dispute Resolution Committee Chair about electronic bundles for remote hearings

The Birmingham Law Society has been asked by HHJ Simon Barker QC and DJ Ingram to update members with regards…

21 Apr: White Paper – Free Covid-19 Law Firm Marketing Insight

In our ‘virtual travels’ we have been speaking to lots of law firms across the region, country and internationally about…

14 Apr: Will Commonhold Become Common? – by Mark Adcock

WILL COMMONHOLD BECOME COMMON? The mere utterance of the word commonhold usually instils terror and panic into the heart of…

14 Apr: The New Accounts Rules: Opportunities & Changes? – by Jayne Willetts

  The SRA’s objective for the new Accounts Rules effective on 25 November 2019 was to introduce a shorter version…

07 Apr: Moneypenny Offers Free Digital Switchboard Service to Keep British Business Talking

Legal firms can benefit from a free Digital Switchboard service as leading outsourced communications provider Moneypenny pledges to keep British…

06 Apr: Taking Software Integration from Zero to Hero – by Julian Bryan, Quill

When it comes to software, attempting to be ‘all things to everyone’ is a naïve goal necessitating a never-ending journey….

06 Apr: No5 Barrister Launches Debut Book

A barrister has used his own life experience arriving in this country as a child refugee to write his debut…

06 Apr: Three Things to Think about When You’re Re-mortgaging Your Home – by Sarah Deacon, Wesleyan

Sarah Deacon, Area Manager for Wesleyan Financial Services (WFS) who specialises in providing financial advice to lawyers, explains the top…

03 Apr: Why Should a Customer Care If a Software Supplier Is Independent or Not? By Brian Welsh, CEO at Insight Legal

Some legal software suppliers are backed by finance supplied by venture capitalists. VCs provide investment in the expectation of a…

03 Apr: Spotlight on: Birmingham Law Society’s Property & Development Committee

Birmingham Law Society has 14 professional committees, dealing with different areas of legal practice and/or areas of common interest to…

03 Apr: President’s Letter: Community matters like never before

These are not quite the circumstances in which I envisaged writing my final Bulletin letter to you as President of…

30 Mar: Reporting Financial Difficulty to the SRA – by Jayne Willetts

This week, my sense is that firms will draw breath and be in a position to review their financial arrangements…

27 Mar: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – an update for employers and advice on how this will affect businesses

27 March 2020   Toni Robinson, Managing Director of NucleusHR provides an update for employers and shares advice on how…

26 Mar: BLS responds to Ministry of Justice consultation on the Criminal Legal Aid Review

The Birmingham Law Society Criminal Law Committee has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on accelerated areas of criminal…

24 Mar: Continue offering service to your callers

Our friends at Moneypenny have shared with us their switchboard solution which enables your firm to continue offering an excellent…

23 Mar: Guided meditations to help you reduce stress

It’s never been more important to look after your mental health! Mindspace meditation have provided us with some guided meditation…

23 Mar: Reponse to SRA Consultation on the Compensation Fund

The Society’s Consultation Committee has responded to the SRA consultation on the Compensation Fund. The SRA is seeking to protect…

19 Mar: 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…

16 Mar: How to look after yourself and manage your workload – by Rebecca Mandler

  Rebecca Mander is an experienced executive coach, specialising in supporting leaders within the legal sector during personal setback. You…

09 Mar: Gowling WLG and Hogan Lovells combine forces to help “career break” lawyers return in the Midlands

Are you – or is anyone you know – a qualified lawyer who has taken time out from a career…

02 Mar: The Compensation Fund – the jewel in the crown of the profession?

by Jayne Willetts, Solicitor Advocate, Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors; Chair, Consultation Committee The SRA has recently published consultation proposals…

28 Feb: Promoting access to the profession through university careers support

by Paul McConnell, Deputy Head of Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham   Support through Careers Services at Universities There…

28 Feb: Alice Kinder on Social Mobility

Birmingham has much to be proud of. The combination of a young population, rich cultural diversity and unprecedented growth and…

28 Feb: The SQE – what’s all the fuss about? asks Catherine Edwards

      Catherine Edwards Director of Learning and Development & Chair of Education and Training committee Senior Practitioner in…

27 Feb: The Ever-Present Risk of Flooding – Tony Rollason, Landmark

Sadly the topic of flooding is never far away from the headlines. In November 2019, significant flooding occurred across the…

21 Feb: Family law supplement in Birmingham Post – Foreword by Claire Darley

This week’s Birmingham Post has a special supplement on the area of family and divorce law. The free supplement looks…

14 Feb: The 2020 Legal Awards Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for our 2020 Legal Awards, celebrating the successes and achievements of the Midlands’…

06 Feb: Sharing in the Common Wealth – by Tony McDaid

Tony McDaid is Chief Executive and Director of Clerking at No5 Chambers and Board Director and Chair of the International Committee…

06 Feb: From Hurricanes to Highgate: Why Birmingham remains my international destination of choice

After nearly a decade spent litigating in some of the world’s most exotic locations, barrister Alex Haylin of No5 Chambers…

21 Jan: Davinder Rana – Interview with the Chair of the In-house Committee

• Tell me about your career history My name is Davinder Rana I am a Solicitor with nearly 20 years…

19 Nov: Solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives Can Become Judges Too

I have a secret to impart, but you will have to wait a bit before I tell it to you….

07 Nov: Government review success for Midlands criminal lawyers

The collective voice of criminal lawyers in the Midlands has been heard loud and clear this week, with the publication…

07 Nov: Response to Consultation on Assuring Advocacy Standards

The Criminal Law Committee has contributed to Birmingham Law Society’s response to the SRA consultation on Assuring Advocacy Standards, published…

14 Oct: Forward Thinking – New journal from BCU’s School of Law

Forward Thinking, the new journal created by Birmingham City University’s School of Law, showcases the excellent research collaborations between students…

14 Oct: All change at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

There is yet another momentous change for the profession on 25 November 2019 – this time at the Solicitors Disciplinary…

09 Jul: Response to Consultation on Sentencing offenders with mental health conditions

The Criminal Law committee has today published its response to the Sentencing Council Consultation on Overarching Principles: Sentencing Offenders with Mental…

08 Jul: Birmingham Law Society tackles the problem of women being ‘lost to the law’

Birmingham Law Society is launching three new initiatives to promote gender equality at senior levels of the profession in the…

08 Jul: Response to Consultation on Restricting exit payments in the public sector

Negotiating an exit from the public sector needs to be clearly managed in view of monetary constraints. The Employment Law…

11 Jun: Access to Justice to pursue rights threatened by costs proposals

The Dispute Resolution Committee for the Birmingham Law Society have today submitted their response to the Government’s consultation on the…

24 May: NLJ PROFILE: Linden Thomas, Birmingham Law Society

The youngest president in the history of Birmingham Law Society discusses the challenges that just keep coming. President of Birmingham…

16 May: CIVIC SOCIETY AWARDS HISTORY PLATE TO BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Birmingham Civic Society has awarded a History Plate to Birmingham Law Society in recognition of its longevity and status as…

02 May: NEW BLS PRESIDENT TO CHAMPION JUSTICE IN THE MIDLANDS

Youngest ever Birmingham Law Society president to champion justice in the Midlands The incoming president of the Birmingham Law Society,…

18 Apr: HUW EDWARDS TO HOST 2019 LEGAL AWARDS

Journalist and newsreader Huw Edwards will be hosting the annual awards event later this year. Huw Edwards anchors Britain’s most…

12 Feb: BLS LAUNCHES ONLINE VIDEO INITIATIVE WITH MMADIGITAL

Birmingham Law Society is delighted to announce to its members that it has entered into an exciting new contract with…

21 Sep: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY MARKS BICENTENARY IN BIRMINGHAM POST SUPPLEMENT

The latest edition of the Birmingham Post celebrates Birmingham Law Society’s bicentenary and includes a supplement, with a foreword by the President,…

11 Sep: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MISS BEBB… CELEBRITY PLAY READING AND CONFERENCE

    A play chronicling the struggle of women to be accepted in to the legal profession is receiving its…

10 Aug: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY COMMISSIONS PAINTING BY TOP BIRMINGHAM ARTIST

Birmingham Law Society is celebrating its 200th anniversary by commissioning a major painting by Reuben Colley. The society was formed in…

31 Jul: GLYNN HAS DESIGN ON LAW SOCIETY DINNER!

Guests at Birmingham Law Society’s Bicentenary Gala Dinner are in for a special culinary treat. To celebrate the Society’s 200th anniversary,…

14 Jun: THE BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY IS VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED TO THE SRA’S PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES TO PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE

Included in its robust response: “To contend that premiums will be reduced as a result of the changes and that…

24 May: BREMNER TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION AT BLS BICENTENARY GALA DINNER

Rory Bremner, one of Britain’s best satirical impressionists, has been confirmed as the special guest speaker at Birmingham Law Society’s…

22 May: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY BICENTENARY NETBALL TOURNAMENT

  The Birmingham Law Society Bicentenary Netball Tournament was held on Tuesday 22 May 2018. Full results below: 1. IRWIN…

11 May: CHARITY TARGETS LAW FIRMS AND CHAMBERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Mental health charity LawCare has reached out to the country’s leading law firms and chambers ahead of Mental Health Awareness…

24 Apr: NEW PRESIDENT TAKES HELM IN BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY’S 200TH YEAR

James Turner has been appointed President of Birmingham Law Society (BLS), two hundred years after the organisation was founded. James is…

26 Mar: LEGAL LEADER WINS AWARD

A University of Wolverhampton law graduate is celebrating after clinching a top leadership award. Sandra Wallace graduated in 1991 with…

15 Mar: LARGEST EVER SURVEY ON GENDER EQUALITY IN LEGAL PROFESSION

The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales,…

11 Jan: ADDRESS BY SIR ANDREW MCFARLANE, LORD JUSTICE OF APPEAL ONBIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY’S 200TH ANNIVERSARY

  Address given at the Bicentenary Cathedral Service on 11 January 2018, Birmingham Cathedral It is a true honour to…

08 Jan: IT’S 200 YEARS SINCE BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY WAS ESTABLISHED

Andrew Beedham, President of BLS, shares the organisation’s plans for its bicentenary and examines the legacy of one of the…

23 Oct: BLS BOARD DIRECTOR WINS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR 2017

Congratulations to Dee Kundi a partner in the VWV Birmingham Office and Birmingham Law Society Board Director who has won…

13 Jun: BECOME A TRUSTEE FOR LOVEBRUM!

  About LoveBrum LoveBrum is a charity set up to ‘make Birmingham better’. It was created so that local people…

25 Apr: NEW PRESIDENT TAKES THE HELM AS BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY MARKS ITS 200TH YEAR

  Andrew Beedham has taken the president’s seat at Birmingham Law Society (BLS) as the organisation approaches its 200th anniversary….

10 Mar: LEGAL SECTOR STALWART HONOURED AT AWARDS

Chris Owen, the former chief executive of St Philips Chambers in Birmingham, has been honoured for his service to the…

07 Mar: NEW BOOK TO CHART RISE OF BIRMINGHAM’S LEGAL COMMUNITY

Birmingham Law Society (BLS) has commissioned a book on the city’s legal profession to mark its bicentenary year. Established in…

06 Feb: BRUM LAW FIRMS SPONSOR COMMUNITY LAWYERS

Birmingham Law Society has helped raise £25,000 to fund two trainee solicitor posts at Birmingham Community Law Centre (BCLC). The…

30 Jan: FAMILY & DIVORCE LAW SPECIAL REPORT THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2017

Family & Divorce Law requires a rather different and more sensitive approach to many other legal issues with an aggressive…

04 Dec: MAN WITH A MISSION TO CHANGE OUR WORLD

MUSHTAQ KHAN WANTS GREATER BIRMINGHAM’S PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR TO HAVE A BIG SAY IN REGIONAL AFFAIRS. BQ EDITOR STEVE…

12 Aug: LEADING LAW FIRMS PARTNER WITH BPP UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL FOR NEW APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

BPP University Law School is set to launch two new legal apprenticeships from September 2016, partnering with some of the…

29 Jul: BIRMINGHAM POST LEGAL 500

LEGAL 500 WEST MIDLANDS ANNUAL GUIDE TO THE WEST MIDLANDS LEADING LAW FIRMS + REGIONAL BAR UPDATE THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER…

09 Jun: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NEW ‘RISK, REGULATIONS AND DUE DILIGENCE’ CONFERENCE

Registration Now Open with Early Bird Rates Available – 15 September 2016  The Birmingham Law Society, in partnership with Landmark Information…

25 May: PRESIDENT OF BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY ANNOUNCES CHARITY PARTNERSHIP

President of Birmingham Law Society, John Hughes, has selected Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as his charity of choice for 2016/17….

25 May: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY’S TO LEAVE OR NOT TO LEAVE? THAT IS THE QUESTION…

In anticipation of the EU Referendum to be held on the 23rd June 2016, Birmingham Law Society’s International Committee held…

27 Apr: NEW PRESIDENT TAKES HELM AT BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

  The banking lawyer, a consultant at Shakespeare Martineau, is the Society’s 121st president and succeeds Mushtaq Khan. A Liverpudlian…

21 Apr: WINNERS CROWNED AT BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY LEGAL AWARDS 2016

Pinsent Masons was crowned Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more) at this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal…

12 Feb: PETITION AGAINST INCREASE IN COURT FEES IN CIVIL CASES

As you are no doubt aware Birmingham Law Society and its membership have grave concerns about the various changes that…

11 Feb: PRESIDENT MUSHTAQ KHAN RADIO INTERVIEW

The President was a guest on Charmaine Burton’s show DifferentAnglez, a weekly politics and current affairs show on NewStyle Radio…

29 Jan: REIS TAYLOR DIXON PRESENTS WORDS UNSPOKEN

SELF TRAINED PIANIST AND COMPOSER FROM THE HEART OF BIRMINGHAM MAKES HIS MARK IN THE CLASSICAL MUSIC INDUSTRY AS HE…

14 Jan: MIDSHIRE ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Industry-leading office technology sales and service provider Midshire, is delighted to announce a key new partnership with Birmingham Law Society,…

18 Dec: GYLES BRANDRETH TO HOST LEGAL AWARDS

Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth will be the guest host and speaker at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2016. The charismatic…

08 Dec: Birmingham Law Society is proud to announce a new partnership with LexisNexis

Birmingham Law Society is proud to announce a new partnership with LexisNexis benefiting its members with discounted products which will…

01 Dec: NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2016 LEGAL AWARDS

The hunt is on for the best legal talent in the West Midlands with nominations now open for the 2016…

04 Nov: BLS WELCOMES JUSTICE CAMPAIGNER

Baroness Lawrence spoke about the importance of pro bono and the volunteer lawyers who helped her family during their 20-year…

04 Nov: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY WILL WORK WITH THE BUSINESS IN THE CUSTARD FACTORY

BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY WILL WORK WITH THE BUSINESS IN THE CUSTARD FACTORY TO BRING OUR LEGAL EXPERTISE TO THIS VAST…

12 Oct: The President’s Birmingham Post Legal Column

Birmingham Post Legal Column 12 October 2015 by Mushtaq Khan, President “Because that’s how we’ve always done it.” How many…

09 Sep: LEGAL 500 WEST MIDLANDS – A GUIDE TO THE WEST MIDLANDS LEADING LAW FIRMS

LEGAL 500 WEST MIDLANDS A GUIDE TO THE WEST MIDLANDS LEADING LAW FIRMS THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2015 The One of…

27 Aug: 10 tips to boost your video ROI and improve your level of enquiries

By Jason Westall (Head of Marketing and Communications at mmadigital) Unless you’ve been in hiding for the last few years,…

20 Aug: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY EXPANDS ITS MEMBERSHIP

Birmingham Law Society has continued to expand its membership by signing up all of the lawyers in the Birmingham based…

12 Aug: The New Book Of Richard Jaffa Is A Letter From Oggi

In our June issue of the Bulletin we told members of the publication of Richard Jaffa’s book, A Letter from Oggi….

23 Jul: LEGAL QUARTERLY REPORT IN 2015

LEGAL QUARTERLY REPORT (Q1) THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST 2015 The Birmingham Post has introduced a new quarterly series of Legal Quarterly…

23 Jul: The Annual West Midlands Police Sports & Social Club Cricket Match

A somewhat gloomy Thursday saw the return of one of the most eagerly anticipated cricket matches of the year –…

10 Jul: BLS INVITES MEMBERS TO THE DIVERSITY LEAGUE TABLE

  Birmingham Law Society is inviting members to take part in the 10th annual Diversity League Table (DLT) to ensure…

09 Jul: DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Death Announcement Members of the Society will be sad to know that John Bettinson OBE died on 1 July. He…

08 Jul: Family Law in partnership with the Birmingham Law Society

Deadline 10th August. Published 1st September 2015 NOW ADDITIONAL 20% OFF FOR ALL BLS MEMBERS! The next BQ2, the special…

19 Jun: BIRMINGHAM POST PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

Birmingham Post President’s Column 19 June 2015 BY MUSHTAQ KHAN It was the famous son of Birmingham, Tony Hancock, who…

04 Jun: BIRMINGHAM POST PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

Birmingham Post President’s Column June 2015 BY MUSHTAQ KHAN The dust from the unexpected General Election result is settling and…

26 May: NOW ADDITIONAL 20% OFF FOR ALL BLS MEMBERS

8 July 2015 Deadline 10th August. Published 1st September 2015. NOW ADDITIONAL 20% OFF FOR ALL BLS MEMBERS! The next…

22 May: WELCOMING BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY’S NEW PRESIDENT MR MUSHTAQ KHAN

SPECIAL FEATURE THURSDAY 11TH JUNE 2015 WELCOMING BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY’S NEW PRESIDENT MR MUSHTAQ KHAN The Birmingham Post, in conjunction with Birmingham…

29 Apr: NEW PRESIDENT TAKES THE HELM AT BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Mushtaq Khan, a partner at solicitors firm Freeths, has been appointed the 120th president of Birmingham Law Society. He takes…

29 Apr: Birmingham Post Legal Column

Birmingham Post Legal Column April 2015 BY MUSHTAQ KHAN This is my first article as Birmingham Law Society president, written…

23 Apr: SRA ANNOUNCES THE CPD COURSE FOR QUALIFIED LAWYERS

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SRA HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THE ONLY COMPULSORY CPD COURSE FOR QUALIFIED LAWYERS IS NO…

20 Mar: WINNERS CROWNED AT BLS LEGAL AWARDS 2015

For a full list of this year’s winners go to birminghamlawsociety.co.uk/2015-winners Eversheds has been named the best large law firm in…

27 Feb: The Grant Of Permission To Appeal The Judicial Review

The Law Society’s press release regarding the grant of permission to appeal the judicial review: The Court of Appeal has today handed…

09 Feb: The Grant Of Permission To Appeal The Judicial Review

The Law Society’s press release regarding the grant of permission to appeal the judicial review: The Court of Appeal has today handed…

18 Dec: Anthony Collins published a book of photographs of Birmingham buildings

Anthony Collins has just published a book of photographs of Birmingham buildings built by his great grandfather’s building firm John…

30 Nov: Law firms embraced new services and become more entrepreneurial

Birmingham Post President’s Column November 2014 BY EILEEN SCHOFIELD In the face of a changing marketplace and changing client demands…

04 Nov: Firms and individuals encouraged to enter next year’s Legal Awards

Wednesday, 16th November 2011 Firms and individuals from the region’s legal sector are being encouraged to enter next year’s Legal…

21 Oct: PRESIDENT CYCLES PALACE TO PALACE IN AID OF PRINCES TRUST

After a crack of dawn start I arrived in London chauffeured by my son and found the last parking space…

17 Oct: NEW OFFICE ADDRESS FOR BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

WE ARE MOVING! From 31 October 2014 you can find us at: Suite 101, Cheltenham House, 14-16 Temple Street, Birmingham,…

16 Oct: BLS WELCOMES HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER

Birmingham Law Society welcomed Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil liberties and human rights organisation Liberty, as guest speaker at its…

11 Oct: EMPLOYMENT LAW

EMPLOYMENT LAW The Birmingham Post is producing a special supplement on EMPLOYMENT LAW, providing a platform for West Midlands Law…

08 Oct: LEGAL 500

The Birmingham Post is producing a special supplement on the Legal 500, focussing on the performance of firms in the…

02 Sep: Why did we become lawyers?

Birmingham Post Legal Column September 2014 BY EILEEN SCHOFIELD Why did we become lawyers? Thwas the question that the Lord…

02 Sep: Support our Charity, The Princes Trust

Palace2Palace on 5 October 2014 – support our Charity, The Princes Trust Dear All, As you will be aware my…

23 Jul: JEFFREY ATKINSON 1961 – 2014

  The area of Lozells in Birmingham came briefly to a standstill on 19 July 2014 as members of the…

30 Jun: IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PRIVATE CLIENT RETAINERS COME INTO FORCE FRIDAY 13 JUNE 2014

We would like to bring to your attention some important changes to private client retainers as a result of the Consumer…

30 Jun: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY CASTING CALL: THE EXONERATED

The Birmingham Law Society is putting on a performance of the human rights play ‘The Exonerated’ on the evening of…

08 May: BLS CONFERENCE AT CHANCERY LANE IN LONDON

  A contingent from BLS headed up by our President, pictured here during her presentation, attended the annual Presidents and…

29 Apr: EILEEN SCHOFIELD NEW PRESIDENT OF BLS

Eileen Schofield, founder and principal at law firm Schofield & Associates, has been appointed president of Birmingham Law Society. Eileen…

17 Apr: City of Birmingham Striders is the UK Athletics affiliated running club in Birmingham City Centre

City of Birmingham Striders is the UK Athletics affiliated running club in Birmingham City Centre. The club emerged from a…

10 Apr: Birmingham Law Society hosts networking night

Birmingham Law Society hosts networking night Members of Birmingham Law Society enjoyed an evening of networking at the Radisson Blu…

25 Mar: Death Announcement

Death Announcement It is with regret that we announce the sad death of the late Robert (Bob) Garratt DFC LLB…

11 Mar: Julian Tonks, former Senior Partner at Pinsents, passes away

Julian Tonks, former Senior Partner at Pinsents, passed away last week It is with sadness that the death is announced…

04 Mar: Courts across the Midlands grind to a halt

Courts across the Midlands could grind to a halt on Friday, 7 March, as barristers and solicitors stage a mass…

25 Feb: SRA spam e-mail alert

SRA spam e-mail alert Birmingham Law Society is aware that many solicitors’ firms have received e-mail messages purporting to be…

13 Feb: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY PRESIDENT’S COLUMN FEBRUARY 2014

Birmingham Post Legal Column 13 February 2014   BY MARTIN ALLSOPP On the 11th February, MPs met in London to…

11 Feb: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY ANNOUNCES LEGAL AWARDS 2014 FINALISTS

The finalists in this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards have been announced. FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, Gateley LLP, Higgs…

05 Feb: PETITION: “SAVE LEGAL AID TO PROTECT ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL”

No justice system is truly fair unless everyone is able to fight for their rights. But through cuts to legal…

20 Jan: CLOSURE OF 136 LAW FIRMS NATIONWIDE: COMMENT FROM BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY

Birmingham Law Society deeply regrets the fact that so many firms have been forced to close their doors by reason…

15 Jan: RALPH CARDINAL FORMERLY OF GLAISYERS PASSED AWAY 6 JAN 2014

Sad news – Ralph Cardinal formerly of Glaisyers passed away 6 January 2014 It is with sadness that the death…

13 Jan: LEGAL AID CUTS

Last week 90 barristers took to the streets of Birmingham to protest about cuts to legal aid and the impact…

06 Jan: BIRMINGHAM POST LEGAL COLUMN

Birmingham Post Legal Column 6 January 2014   BY MARTIN ALLSOPP As I reflect on the year gone by I…

17 Dec: LAW SOCIETY CELEBRATES ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S DINNER

Birmingham Law Society invited legal professionals and local dignitaries from across the region to raise a toast at its annual…

17 Dec: BIRMINGHAM POST LEGAL COLUMN – DECEMBER 2013

Birmingham Post Legal Column 10 December, 2013   BY MARTIN ALLSOPP   SLEEPOVER FOR ST BASILS On Friday 29 November…

17 Dec: SGM NOTICE – THE LAW SOCIETY – TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER 2013

Introduction As many of you will know, a Special General Meeting is to be held at Chancery Lane on 17th…

25 Nov: SPORTS STAR STEVE CRAM GETS SET TO SPEAK AT LEGAL AWARDS

Sports personality and Olympic medalist Steve Cram will be taking the podium as the guest speaker at next year’s Birmingham…

25 Nov: BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY CONGRATULATES NEW SOLICITORS – 24 OCOTOBER – 2013

Birmingham Law Society held a special drinks reception to congratulate the City’s new wave of legal talent. More than 130…

22 Oct: CITY LAWYERS RESPOND TO LEGAL AID CUTS

CITY LAWYERS RESPOND TO LEGAL AID CUTS Lawyers in Birmingham have been urged to help combat legal aid cuts by…

22 Oct: CITY LAWYERS RESPOND TO LEGAL AID CUTS

Lawyers in Birmingham have been urged to help combat legal aid cuts by focusing pro bono activities on the most…

17 Sep: A new specialist legal service based in Sparkbrook, Birmingham

Coventry Law Centre is establishing a specialist legal advice service in Birmingham to provide a foundation that will develop to…

17 Sep: Birmingham Post Legal Column -17 September 2013

By Martin Allsopp, President of Birmingham Law Society Significant changes to civil legal aid in England and Wales came into…

22 Aug: Lawyers have a roaring good time

Lawyers have a roaring good time Birmingham Law Society celebrated its annual summer event by throwing a 1920s Speakeasy party….

22 Aug: PRESIDENT’S COLUMN FOR THE BIRMINGHAM POST 22 AUGUST 2013

BY MARTIN ALLSOPP, PRESIDENT OF BIRMINGHAM LAW SOCIETY President’s Column for the Birmingham Post 22 August 2013  By Martin Allsopp,…

22 Jul: Birmingham Post column 22 July 2013

BY MARTIN ALLSOPP   The one thing that is certain about life is that death will follow. Fewer than 40…

11 Jul: The President’s Golf Day at Nailcote Hall, 11th July 2013

The Presidents Fun Golf Day was held at Nailcote Hall in blazing sunshine on Thursday 11th July 2013. Nailcote Hall hosts…

06 Jul: BLS West Midlands Police Cricket – A policeman’s lot is not a happy one!

On a glorious summer evening a representative side from the Birmingham Law Society visited the WMP sports and social club…

24 Jun: Birmingham Post Legal column

Birmingham Post Legal column  24 June, 2013 BY MARTIN ALLSOPP Recently, my friend’s cat was put down due to cancer….

06 Jun: Stop Press: SILENT BOOK AUCTION

Library of books for sale Wolverhampton City Council wishes to dispose of the majority of its Law books and the…

03 Jun: Legal Aid Cuts Threaten Access to Justice in the Midlands

Joint Press Release on behalf of Resolution West Midlands Committee and the Birmingham Law Society Family Law Committee Resolution, the…

20 May: Birmingham Post legal column

BY MARTIN ALLSOPP One of the reasons the British legal system is regarded as the fairest in the world its…

13 May: Law Society joins forces with legal recruiters

Birmingham Law Society (BLS) has announced a new preferred supplier partnership with two of the city’s top legal recruitment firms….

23 Apr: New president takes over the reins at law society

Martin Allsopp, partner at law firm Allsopp & Co, has been appointed as the new president of Birmingham Law Society….

22 Apr: Birmingham Post legal column

Birmingham Post legal column Monday 22 April 2013 BY PRESIDENT MARTIN ALLSOPP Spring is here at last, bringing the prospect…

09 Apr: Society digs deep for local charities

      Members of Birmingham Law Society have dug deep into their pockets to raise more than £9,000 for…

26 Mar: EASTER TIME

by Mary Kaye – President   It is difficult to believe that it is Easter time, looking out at the…

26 Mar: CONTACTS

            Birmingham Law Society has been contacted by the following firms with offers of assistance…

12 Mar: BLS HAS GOT TALENT -27 FEBRUARY 2013

A group of Birmingham lawyers proved they have more than just legal talent when they took to the stage to…

22 Feb: BLS – MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT FEBRUARY 2013

BY THE PRESIDENT MARY KAYE In the Post edition dated 31 January 2013, I spoke about the need to balance…

28 Jan: Whatever happened to Human Rights?

BY THE PRESIDENT MARY KAYE Human rights appear to have got a lot of bad press recently. The words are…

23 Jan: WESTMINISTER VISIT 23 JANUARY 2013

A delegation from BLS, lead by President Mary Kaye supported by other Officers, Board and Council members, travelled to Westminster…