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 email@example.com and a member of our team will come back to you as soon as they are able.
You may also find the resources below to be of some assistance:
- The Law Society is producing up-to-date guidance on key issues affecting firms and individuals, which is available here: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/coronavirus-advice-and-updates/ 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.• Rolling guidance from HMCTS is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation We have been advised by HMCTS that this will remain the most up-to-date source of information. HMCTS will also be providing updates via its Twitter account: @HMCTSgovuk
• For anyone experiencing mental health issues, including stress, anxiety or depression or simply wishing to talk, Lawcare offers a confidential helpline and webchat service:
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.