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The launch of a book to celebrate 200 years of the Birmingham Law Society (BLS) took place on 22nd November at an event hosted by Wesleyan, the specialist financial services mutual who have also sponsored the publication.

Our Legal Community – Two hundred years of the Birmingham Law Society by local historian Dr Sally Hoban, forms part of BLS’ bicentenary celebrations and charts the organisation’s history from its foundation in 1818 through to present day and its impact on the region’s legal community.

Book launch 221118

Left to right : Adam Gilbert, Else Solicitors, Ann Charlton, Lawcare, James Turner, President Birmingham Law Society, Dr Sally Hoban (Author), Ahmed Farooq, Wesleyan Chief Financial Officer, Betty Webb, MBE, Paul Owen, Wesleyan Employee Engagement Manager

Dr Sally Hoban, the book’s author said: “I was the first historian to be given access to Birmingham Law Society’s archives and it was absolutely fascinating. It is the country’s oldest law society and their story really illuminates a huge part of Birmingham’s history.”

Dr Craig Errington, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted to have played a part in Birmingham Law Society’s 200th anniversary celebrations. There are not many organisations that can claim to have a longer history in Birmingham than Wesleyan’s 177 years.

“Our recent history has given us cause to work more closely with BLS as they supported us when we extended our financial services offering to the legal profession, launching initially in Birmingham in 2007.

They have provided valuable support and insight and helped us to build the strong relationships we have today with the legal profession across the UK.”

During the event guests heard from speakers including Dr Sally Hoban, James Turner, President of the Birmingham Law Society and Ahmed Farooq, Chief Finance Officer at Wesleyan. Specialists at Wesleyan also provided sessions on savings and investments, risk management and cyber risk awareness.

The Wesleyan Group

  • Wesleyan provides specialist financial advice and solutions for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers.
  • Wesleyan is a mutual founded in Birmingham in 1841.
The Wesleyan Group has more than £7.6 billion of assets under management as at 31 December 2017.
Wesleyan Assurance Society Head Office: PO Box 3420, Colmore Circus Birmingham B4 6AR. Website: