Social Mobility Conference


Date: Tuesday 28th June 2022

Time: 12.30pm – 7pm

Venue: Squire Patton Boggs, Rutland House, 148 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2JR

Price: Free for all to attend

Social mobility is a key area that needs improving. Birmingham Law Society has put together a free, half day conference for members and non-members to discuss this important issue. It is vital that the legal community comes together as a collective to strive for a equal future for all. We can all do our part and play a key role in offering a more ethnically diverse and socio-economic workplace, regardless of whether you run a business or work in one. 

Join the conference to:

  • gain practical advice on how to implement a social mobility strategy in your law firm

  • learn the benefits of having such a strategy and what it will mean for your business and staff

  • hear from leading experts as they discuss their experiences, both good and bad

Everyone is welcome to attend but this would be of particular interest to HR, D&I leads, training partners and senior management.

We hope that you can join us. As this is free to attend, we would politely ask for a small donation to our President's chosen charities, SIFA Fireside and Walk the Walk


12.30pm Registration: Refreshments and lunch available

1.15pm Welcome from Birmingham Law Society: Alice Kinder, Associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors, Deputy Vice President of Birmingham Law Society and Social Mobility Ambassador for The Law Society of England and Wales plus Ollie Ward-Jones, Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

1.45pm Social Mobility at Birmingham Law Society: Sharon Thandi, Devonshires and Emily Rust, Gowling WLG, both members of the Birmingham Law Society Social Mobility Sub-Committee

2pm Keynote Speaker: Cleo Stewart, Head of Legal at Midland Heart and winner of the In-House Lawyer award at our Legal Awards 2022

2.30pm Leadership through Sport and Business: Pete Ward, Deputy CEO at Leadership through Sport and Business

3pm Break Refreshments available

3.30pm Panel Q&A:

  • Ravi Dosanjh, Trainee Solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors and Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society

  • Marissa Jacquet, Partner at Grove Tompkins Bosworth, Co-chair of the Birmingham Solicitors Group

  • Shaid Parveen, Senior Teaching Fellow/Employability Lead at Aston University

  • Sarah Caton, CEO at Inspiration for All

4.30pm Business Success Story from Anthony Collins Solicitors: David Alcock, Partner and Head of Social Business at Anthony Collins Solicitors

5pm What's Next? Session from Ahead Partnership: Leonie Matthews, Project Manager, Ahead Partnership

5.30pm Networking: Refreshments and canapés available

7pm Close

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