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


1. IRWIN MITCHELL LLP

2. BENUSSI FLYERS

3. DLA PIPER UK LLP

4. No5 CHAMBERS

5. ELSE SOLICITORS

6. GATELEY PLC 

7. CORNWALL STREET BARRISTERS

8. HCR ROCKETS

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Rory Bremner, one of Britain’s best satirical impressionists, has been confirmed as the special guest speaker at Birmingham Law Society’s Bicentenary Gala Dinner, to be held later this year.

The award-winning comedian, writer and actor is best-known for his political satire and lifelike impersonations of Prime Ministers, Presidents and other world leaders.

During his 30-year TV career, Bremner has won numerous awards, including three BAFTAs for his Channel 4 series ‘Bremner, Bird and Fortune’. He has also written and starred in various political satire specials covering General Elections, the Iraq War, the Scottish Referendum and the coalition government, and is a regular guest on comedy quiz and panel shows.

His writing credits include columns for the Financial Times, New Statesman, and Daily Telegraph.

James Turner, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “The 200th anniversary dinner will be a fantastic way to celebrate not only the Society’s history and legacy but also its future as it continues to shape and lead what is a changing and dynamic legal sector, both in Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

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 West Midlands.

To mark the historic milestone, a year-long programme of Bicentenary themed events has been organised by the Society.

A book has also been commissioned to chronicle BLS’s history, and to chart the rise of the profession and the influence lawyers have had on the professional, business and civic life of the city and the region.

The Bicentenary Gala Dinner will be held on the 4th October at the International Convention Centre.

Tickets can be booked via the Birmingham Law Society website or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mental health charity LawCare has reached out to the country’s leading law firms and chambers ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May). The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is‘Stress: Is Modern Life the Problem’

LawCare runs a 365 day a year confidential helpline, as well as a peer support programme for all branches of the legal profession. The charity has distributed new leaflets, posters and digital collateral to 50 firms, chambers and professional bodies in a bid to reach more lawyers during the week. Those sharing information about the charity include Linklaters, Taylor Wessing, DLA Piper, Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Clifford Chance, Ashurst, Legal Network Wales, Burness Paul LLP, Wilberforce Chambers, Pump Court Chambers and many more.

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare said: “Life in the law can be challenging and sometimes things can get on top of you. This Mental Health Awareness Week we are asking ‘How are you, really?’ We want to help as many people as we can in the legal profession who are feeling stressed or depressed or have any other issue. Our helpline is staffed by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand experience of working in the law. We’ve been supporting lawyers for 20 years and we’re here to listen without judgment. We are very grateful to all the law firms and chambers who have supported our campaign and agreed to distribute information about LawCare and would like to encourage others to get in touch with us if they would like to get involved.”

The Legal Wellbeing Taskforce, of which LawCare is a founder member, has also organised a round table discussion on Thursday 10 May at the University of Law entitled ‘Emotional Competency in the Legal Profession: an educational perspective’.

Rimmer said: “The purpose of the discussion is to look at how we can embed mental wellbeing right into the heart of the law profession and we feel regulation could play a part in this. We’re looking forward to some interesting discussion around the issue.”

The helpline number is 0800 279 6888 Mon-Fri 9am – 7.30pm, weekends & bank holidays 10am – 4pm. There is also information, resources and factsheets at www.lawcare.org.uk

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

James is a partner at national law firm Tuckers Solicitors LLP, and manages the Birmingham office. A criminal defence specialist, James is a duty solicitor and higher court advocate. He is a member of the Legal Agency Peer Review panel, responsible for reviewing firms conducting publicly funded criminal defence work.

Named president at BLS’s AGM, James succeeds Andrew Beedham, of Clarke Willmott, in the chair.

A member of BLS since 2006, James chaired the organisation’s criminal law committee for five years, drafting and contributing to Ministry of Justice consultation papers affecting criminal justice; he became an officer of BLS in 2016.

He said: “It is an honour to be taking on this prestigious role in such a milestone year.

I will use it to raise the profile of the profession, to encourage new members to join the organisation and work to ensure we remain inclusive and relevant.”

James will also use his year in office to raise funds for and promote two charities: Headway, the brain injury association, and the Jeff Astle Foundation, which supports those who have suffered head injuries in sport.

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.

The organisation is holding a year of celebrations to mark its bicentenary. These kick-started in January with a judicial parade and service at St Philip’s Cathedral. The annual Legal Awards were held in March. In May a specially commissioned book examining the history and influence of the city’s legal profession over the last two centuries will be published. A gala dinner is slated for October.

Also appointed at the AGM were Linden Thomas, solicitor and manager of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research manager at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, who becomes Vice President; Inez Brown, partner and head of clinical negligence at Medical Accident Group, part of Harrison Clark Rickerbys, was named Deputy Vice President; joint honorary secretaries are Chaitali Desai, a solicitor at Weightmans LLP and Sophie Samani, associate at Shakespeare Martineau.

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Inez Brown (Deputy Vice President), James Turner (President 2018-19) and Linden Thomas (Vice President)

 

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