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4 August 2017 

Birmingham Post

Commerical & Corporate Law

Special Supplement Thursday 24 August 2017
in association with Birmingham Law Society

Deadline to book your space and provide copy is Monday 21 August 2017

commercial august 2017

The Birmingham Post will be publishing it’s first ever supplement highlighting Corporate & Commercial Law on Thurs 24th August 2017.

This supplement, published in association with Birmingham Law Society, will provide a comprehensive guide of the top West Midlands Law Firms that carry out work in this important sector of expertise and will be published inside all copies of The Birmingham Post on Thursday 24th August and also uploaded on to the Birmingham Post website and on the free to download Post App which gives a total audience figure of over 330,000.

Andrew Beedham, President of Birmingham Law Society and Corporate & Commercial Consultant at Clarke Willmott, will be writing a Foreword article for the supplement highlighting the important role of the Corporate & Commercial lawyer.

If your firm would like to take part in this supplement to promote your own areas of expertise in the Corporate & Commercial sector and perhaps look at some recent Corporate deals done then there are several options available offering editorial and advertising opportunities and I have attached a two page word document below showing the various options etc.

This is a great opportunity for your firm to promote your own expert legal services and gain some valuable positive publicity whilst at the same time raising your corporate profile to our niche, affluent, OMB, SME & larger Corporate business audience who are generally key decision makers at Director and Senior Management level in companies in both the public and private sector throughout the West Midlands region.

To secure your involvement within this unique supplement, please contact the undersigned at your earliest opportunity.


Tony Williams
Business Consultant
Birmingham Post
T: 0121 234 5262 ¦ M: 07970 728 274
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Corporate and Commercial Law
In association with Birmingham Law Society
Special Supplement Thursday 24 August 2017

Main Sponsorship Editorial & Advertising Package: (1 available) £2,750 plus vat

Logo on front cover "Sponsored by" plus Outside Back Cover prime position
Full Colour advert Plus Two Page Centre Spread Colour Editorial
piece of 1600 words plus up to 5 photos and a Sponsor's foreword intro page

Secondary Sponsorship Editorial & Advertising Package: (Only 1 available)

Logo on front cover "In association with" plus Full Page Colour advert plus
Full Page Colour Editorial piece of 800 words plus up to 3 photos
Cost: £1,900 plus vat (colour)

Company Profiles (Advert and editorial)

Option 1) Double Page profile, includes Full Page colour editorial (800 words)
with up to 3 photos and a Full Page Colour advert next to the editorial page
Cost: £1,650 plus vat (colour) 

Option 2) Full Page profile, includes Half Page colour editorial (400 words) with
2 photos and Half Page Colour advert below the editorial
Cost: £950 plus vat (colour)

Advertisements Only No Editorial (Full Colour)


Inside Front Cover Special Prime Position:    34 x 7 Cols  £1,200 + vat
Inside Back Cover Special Prime Position:    34 x 7 Cols  £1,200 + vat
Full Page 340mm h x 265 mm w  34 x 7 Cols  £950 + vat
Half Page 170mm h x 265 mm w  17 x 7 Cols  £750 + vat
Quarter Page 200mm h x 112 mm w  20 x 3 Cols  £500 + vat
5 x 7 Strap 50mm h x 265 mm w  5 x 7 Cols  £355 + vat

To reserve your space please call Tony Williams on:
Mobile: 07970 728274 or Direct: 0121 234 5262
Or e mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Booking deadline and Copy deadline is Mon 21 August2017.
Supplement will also be uploaded on to the B'ham Post Website & Post App.


Become a Trustee for LoveBrum!

About LoveBrum

LoveBrum is a charity set up to ‘make Birmingham better’. It was created so that local people could get behind local projects in a simple way so that these benefits could be seen and felt. LoveBrum has a unique setup, as the decision to fund causes lies with its members.

Each month, members vote on which causes it would like to support. The advantages of this lie in the power delegated to its funders and the ability of the charity to profile city/regional projects that may otherwise not be recognised.

Examples of past causes funded

Lily Mae Foundation - A funding package of £5k providing support for parents and families following a stillbirth or neonatal death. This resource has enabled training for trustees to deliver counselling support to affected families.

Ups and Downs - £5k towards the training of a trustee to deliver Makaton skills to parents of children with Down ’s syndrome in order to improve their communication and participation in day to day life. The money also helped pay for speech and language therapy sessions.

Sampson Road - £1.5k towards a community project aimed at improving the Sparkbrook local area through traffic improvements, cleaner streets and better police relationships to reduce crime.

LoveBrum has supported almost 30 projects in total since inception in 2015 and has showcased over 100 fantastic causes.

What we are looking for…

The Charity is still relatively new and requires a significant amount of resource for its day to day activities. We have 8 trustees currently, who work across a wide spectrum of businesses in the city including property, media, finance and recruitment.

The trustees are actively involved in the charity together with the 2 funded dedicated employees. LoveBrum has experienced significant growth in the past 2 years and now is the time to add to its skill set. We are keen to hear from prospective trustees with legal backgrounds, to complement the existing expertise on the Board. We would be very keen to hear from any candidates with a working knowledge of charity governance issues and/or contract law, but welcome applications from people across all legal specialisms.

Trustees are required for at least one Board meeting a month, outside of office hours, in addition to ad-hoc attendance at local events to represent the Charity. In return, you get to work with a dynamic and hands-on team, raise money for some great local causes and be part of the business network that LoveBrum has grown as well the opportunity to utilise your skill set in a fun, challenging and rewarding environment, whilst raising your profile in the city’s business community.

For more information: please see the website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Vice-Chair)

Andrew Beedham photo president

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

A corporate partner at the Birmingham office of Clarke Willmott, Andrew has more than 35 years of legal practice under his belt, including ten years running his own firm. He now specialises in complex £100m+ mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. He also acts as a private business consultant.

He takes the baton from John Hughes of Shakespeare Martineau and will be in post into 2018 as BLS begins a year of celebrations to mark its bicentenary.

Established in 1818 with 19 founders, BLS is now the largest regional law society in the UK, with more than 4,000 members drawn from law firms and barristers’ chambers across the Midlands.

To mark the anniversary, BLS has commissioned a book examining the history and influence of the city’s legal profession in the last two centuries. The organisation is also planning a celebratory dinner, a service at St Philip’s Cathedral and an exhibition during its bicentenary year.

Andrew said: “2018 will be a big year for Birmingham Law Society and I’m already involved in planning an exciting programme of events to mark the 200th milestone. It is a huge honour to be appointed president of BLS, but particularly so during this momentous time.”

Andrew will be in the president’s chair until April 2018, when James Turner, newly appointed vice president, takes over. James is a partner and manager of the Birmingham office of criminal law practice Tuckers Solicitors LLP. He chairs BLS’s criminal law committee and has been a council member for four years.

Also appointed at yesterday’s AGM were Linden Thomas, solicitor and Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research manager at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, as deputy vice president; joint honorary secretaries are Inez Brown, partner and head of clinical negligence at Medical Accident Group, part of Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd and Chaitali Desai, a solicitor at Weightmans LLP.


Linden Thomas (Deputy Vice President), Andrew Beedham (President 2017-18) and James Turner (Vice President)


10 March 2017

legal sector stalwart honoured at Awards 2017

Chris Owen, the former chief executive of St Philips Chambers in Birmingham, has been honoured for his service to the legal profession at this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

Chris, who has dedicated his entire career, spanning almost 50 years, to the law was presented with the Society’s prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in front of a sell-out crowd at the ICC last night (9th March).

The son of a policeman, Chris started his career in 1968 as a clerk at a firm in Leicester, later going on to hold a number of senior positions at barristers’ chambers in London and Birmingham, including 7 Bedford Row and St Philips Chambers.

He was a member of the Bar’s Equality and Diversity Committee and the Bar’s Pro Bono Unit. Chris also served on the Birmingham Law Society council and was chairman of the board for four years.

John Hughes, president of the Birmingham Law Society, said: “There is no one more deserving of this accolade than Chris.

“Widely regarded in the profession as a ‘legend’ and the best connected person in the law, throughout his career he has worked tirelessly to promote Birmingham as a centre for legal excellence and it is only fitting that his efforts are recognised in this way.”

The annual Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards have been held since 2002 and recognise and reward the achievements of those working in the legal profession across the West Midlands.

See the full list of winners here.

John Hughes said: “Birmingham has one of the best legal centres in the world and all of this year’s winners and finalists demonstrate the strength and depth of legal talent we have, not just in Birmingham, but across the whole of the region.”

More than 560 people attended this year’s Legal Awards, which was hosted by former BBC broadcaster and journalist John Sergeant.

Sponsors included Acasta Europe Limited, Arthur J Gallagher, Birmingham City University, BPP University, Landmark Information Group, The Law Society, Midshire Business Systems, No5 Barristers’ Chambers, Redbourne Wealth Management, St Philips Chambers, TitleSolv, The University of Law, University of Wolverhampton, and Voice Mobile.

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 1818 with 19 founder members, BLS is now the largest regional law society in the UK, with more than 4,000 members drawn from law firms and barristers’ chambers across the Midlands. 

Short histories of BLS were published to mark the organisation’s centenary and 150th anniversary. The new book will look not just at the history of the Society, but at the rise of the profession and the influence lawyers have had on the city. 

The book’s authors and editors are Dr Sally Hoban and Dr Malcolm Dick of the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham. 

Dr Hoban is researching the publication using BLS’s extensive archives, now housed in the Library of Birmingham, following their move from the BLS Law Library, once the largest outside London. 

Sally has a PhD in history and lectures on history, art and design throughout the UK. She is a seasoned BBC broadcaster, writer and freelance journalist. 

She described the archive as being of “national significance”, providing a new perspective on the history of law in the provinces in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

“Themes coming out include diversity in the profession – BLS accepted its first female member in 1923 - the building of the Victoria Law Courts; and the social life of BLS and its member firms,” she added. 

“The impact of technology will also be examined. Minutes from 1883 reveal BLS committee members debating whether telephones would be useful to the profession. 

“The first telephone was installed in the County Court in December of that year. The ‘instrument’ had its own room and a dedicated clerk paid £20 per annum to mind it. What a world away from today’s exponentially developing communications technology!”

The book will be published later this year in both hardback and paperback formats, and will kick-start a year of planned celebrations in 2018. 

John Hughes, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “In 1818 ‘mad’ King George was on the throne, a stage coach journey from Birmingham – London took in excess of 15 hours and the death penalty had just been lifted for shoplifting, though transportation was still an option. 

“Our bicentenary book will provide a fascinating record of BLS’s journey over the last two centuries, and the influence of lawyers and the legal profession had as Birmingham grew to become a great industrial city, reinventing itself as a professional services and cultural hub.”

Andrew Beedham of Clarke Willmott takes up the presidency of BLS from April 2017 for 12 months; James Turner will be in the seat from April 2018. 

Call for information: If you have information that might help the BLS historians with the book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details.


Dr Sally Hoban with James Turner, Deputy Vice President of Birmingham Law Society