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2 March 2017 

Birmingham Post

Employment Law 2017
in association with Birmingham Law Society

Special Supplement Thursday 30 March 2017
Booking & copy deadline is Fri 24 March 2017 / Latest Mon 27 March 2017 11am

Employment Law is probably one of the most rapidly developing areas of UK law.

Creating and encouraging harmony amongst employers and employees and finding workable solutions in the area of disputes are the key principals that all of the legal firms who offer employment law services adhere to.

Here in the West Midlands the legal community provides high calibre legal advice to individuals and businesses of all types, sizes and turnovers but significantly acts for many public and private sector organisations in the rest of the UK and overseas.

The Birmingham Post’s annual employment law supplement, in association with Birmingham Law Society, will highlight some of the recent legislation that has come onto the business agenda and offer opinions and observations on a range of current issues from the regions leading employment law firms.

Mike Hibbs, Chair of Birmingham Law Society Employment Law Committee, will be providing a foreword article for us and the supplement will appear inside all copies of The Birmingham Post on Thurs 30 March, be uploaded on the Post website and will also be available on the free to download Post App too providing a total print and online audience of over 320,000.

If your business would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to send important sales messages and valuable corporate branding directly into the heart of the West Midlands Business, Commercial Property, Engineering, Manufacturing, Financial and Legal marketplace this would be the ideal platform on which to do so.

Please find below details of available options that include editorial and advertising packages should your firm wish to take part in this years supplement.

I look forward to discussing your possible involvement in the next few days.


Tony Williams
Business Consultant
Birmingham Post
T: 0121 234 5262 ¦ M: 07970 728 274
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Employment Law 2017
In association with Birmingham Law Society
Special Supplement Thursday 30 March 2017

Main Sponsorship Editorial & Advertising Package: (only 1 available)

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Booking & copy deadline is Fri 24 March 2017 / Latest Mon 27 March 2017 11am


Congratulations to this year's winners of Legal Eagles 2017 - Talbots Law Ltd (Dudley)!
Winners photo

Team Name Company Name TOTAL
Average Age 44 Years Talbots Law Ltd (Dudley) 91
My drinking team has a trivia problem Brendan Fleming Limited  87
No5 Chambers No5 Chambers 84
Fantasic Lawyers and where to find them Weightmans LLP (Birmingham) 83
The Misfits Weightmans LLP (Birmingham) 81
Universally Challenged Robert Walters  81
Who needs experts Irwin Mitchell Solicitors (Birmingham) 79
Fake Questions and Alternative Answers Continuum Corporate Lawyers LLP 78
Wasbrough Story? Pub Quiz Glory
Aka Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP 78
Coley & Tilley Coley and Tilley 75
St Phils like a winner St Philips Chambers (Birmingham) 75
Browne Jacobson Browne Jacobson LLP (Birmingham) 73
Four Corner Stones  Cornerstone Barristers 73
Let down by the flu BLS and BSG 73
The Alternative Facts NeoLaw 73
We thought this was speed-dating Pinsent Masons LLP (Birmingham) 73
BPP BPP University  72
St Ives St Ives Chambers 72
One Clear Direction Forresters 71
The Million Dollar Question Averta Employment Lawyers LLP 71
BLM Rebels BLM 70
Brum's Hog Love Hogan Lovells International LLP 70
Patently Absurd Barker Brettell LLP 70
Les Quizerables Gateley Plc (Birmingham) 69
Let's Get Quizzical Personal Touch Financial Services 67
I wish .... Harrison Clark Rickerbys Limited 65
Team M & R Mills & Reeve LLP (Birmingham) 65
Cannot be names for legal reasons Emms Gilmore Liberson Limited 63
Infirstplace … Higgs & Sons Higgs & Sons Solicitors 60
Shoo-perstar Quizzers Shoosmiths LLP (Birmingham) 60
Trowers Trowers & Hamlins LLP 55
BTSS Higgs & Sons Solicitors 37

Brum Law Firms Sponsor Community Lawyers

Birmingham Law Society has helped raise £25,000 to fund two trainee solicitor posts at Birmingham Community Law Centre (BCLC).

The organisation’s pro bono committee lobbied local law firms to provide the funding, which will help ensure BCLC can continue to provide free legal advice on matters including welfare benefits, immigration, housing, community care and public law

Five BLS member firms - Eversheds Sutherland, Gowling WLG, Hogan Lovells, Mills & Reeve and Shakespeare Martineau – have pledged cash support for the two-year training contract terms.

The Legal Education Foundation’s (LEF) Justice First Fellowship scheme, set up to help cash-strapped law centres continue to offer training contracts to aspirant social justice lawyers, has provided £145,000.

Anisa Altaf and Brooke Toon will take up the training posts on 6 February.

Anisa is a law graduate from the University of Birmingham and has worked at the Ministry of Justice as well as a number of law firms in Birmingham. She completed a Masters degree through the University of Law last year.

Brooke studied at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked in criminal law and as a volunteer for Citizens Advice.

BCLC was established in 2013, following the closure of Birmingham Law Centre due to the cuts to legal aid. Part of Central England Law Centre, BCLC – based in Walford Road, Sparkbrook – provides free legal advice to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

Linden Thomas, of Birmingham Law Society’s pro bono committee, said: “We are delighted that five local firms have stepped up to the plate to support this important initiative. The deep cuts to the legal aid budget mean it’s no exaggeration to say that without these funds, vulnerable people in this city would be left to their own devices to navigate complex areas of law.”

Sue Bent, chief executive officer of Central England Law Centre, said: “The funding from BLS member firms signals support within the profession for the important work undertaken by social welfare lawyers. Although the LEF has a budget for this it seeks investment from others and I am delighted that Birmingham’s private sector has responded.

“We had 18 applications for the post. The LEF was represented on the interview panel and they agreed it was impossible to choose between the two best candidates. As a result, we are thrilled to have appointed two Justice First Fellows.”

The finalists in this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards have been revealed.

Amongst the shortlisted hopefuls are law firms Mills & Reeve, Eversheds, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Gateley Plc and Pinsent Masons, who will be going head-to-head in the Law Firm of the Year (16 partners plus) category.

In the five to 15 partners group, the finalists include Jonas Roy Bloom, The Community Law Partnership, Thursfields Legal Limited, Sydney Mitchell and Quality Solicitors Davisons, while in the sole practitioner to four partners category ASR Legal Services, Neil Davies & Partners, Averta Employment Lawyers, Greens Solicitors Limited and Fountain Solicitors will be hoping to take home the spoils.

This year’s Barrister of the Year will be fiercely contested, with six shortlisted finalists including Leisha Bond, Edward Pepperall QC and Tariq Sadiq from St Philips Barristers, Gemma Bowes and Jason Hadden from St Ives Chambers, and Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers.

In total, 61 finalists drawn from 235 entries have been shortlisted across 12 award categories. In addition to the Law Firm of the Year and Barrister of the Year awards, they include Trainee Solicitor of the Year, Assistant/Associate of the Year, Chartered Legal Executive of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Team of the Year, In-House Legal Team of the Year, Paralegal of the Year, and Partner of the Year.

The winners will be revealed at the Legal Awards dinner on the 9th March at the ICC in Birmingham.

John Hughes, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “I am extremely excited at the prospect of what promises to be another fiercely but fairly fought contest between all the finalists in this year’s awards.

“The caliber of this year’s entries was extremely high, which is reflected in the quality of the finalists. They represent the very best of Birmingham and the West Midlands’ legal sector, which is amongst the best not just in the UK but the world.”

The Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards are sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher, Birmingham City School of Law, BPP University Law School, Landmark Information Group, The Law Society, Midshire, No5 Barristers’ Chambers, Redbourne Wealth Management, St Philips Barristers, TitleSolv, The University of Law, University of Wolverhampton, and Voice Mobile.  

Tickets for the Awards are on sale now. Buy yours HERE

2016 Charity Ryan James John Hughes Jon Cottrell

Thanks to the generous support of Birmingham Law Society members, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity will be able to undertake five further vitally important air ambulance missions within the region.

To date, over £11,500 has been raised through various fundraising initiatives, and with each mission costing approximately £2,500, five critically-important call outs can now be answered.

Birmingham Law Society and President, John Hughes and his wife, Jane, undertook the ‘Shakespeare Way’ walk. This involved a 140-mile trek from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, to the Globe Theatre in London.

Donations were also generously given at the President’s Dinner, and ten members hope to raise a further £10,000 by taking on the Bear Grylls’ Survival Academy Challenge in the Brecon Beacons in March 2017.

In addition, Allsopp & Co in Solihull donated unclaimed clients’ balances to the lifesaving service, which is something Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is encouraging further firms to undertake.

While being mindful of The Accounts Rules 2011 (SRA 2011), with clients’ support this gesture, however large or small, will help make a considerable difference to the charity. For example, just £350 will equip one of the flight paramedics or doctors with a much needed flight suit, £600 will kit one helicopter with two aircrew response bags, £1,500 will pay for a flight helmet, and £2,500 will fund one air ambulance mission.

Sofia Voutianitis, corporate partnerships manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are blessed with support from Birmingham Law Society members who have taken part in fundraising for the charity, and would encourage further firms to undertake a fundraising activity, or consider donating some of their unclaimed clients’ balances to our cause, as every donation makes an important difference to the lifesaving care we offer.”

If you are interested in learning more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and how to get involved, please contact Jon Cottrell via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit, or call on 0800 8 40 20 40.