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Friday, 20th January 2012

The organisation is hoping that 90 lawyers will volunteer for the controlled descent from the 110ft Wesleyan building, Colmore Row, on Saturday 10 March.

A ten-man crime team from St Ives Chambers has already stepped up to the plate, while solicitors from Coley and Tilley, MFG and SGH Martineau have also signed up for the challenge.

Birmingham Law Society president Andrew Lancaster will prove yet again that he has a head for heights, by adding the abseil to the sponsored parachute jump he did last year.

He said: “We want to raise a serious sum of money for Acorns and we are hoping to make this a family event – participants can be aged from 12. If you don’t fancy it yourself, why not buy it as a gift for the people in your life with an aptitude for altitude?”

The entry fee is £10, and all participants must raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship for the charity. For entry details contact Johanna Sahi-Proto at Birmingham Law Society: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 9th January 2012

Sports personality and TV presenter Clare Balding will be in the saddle as the guest speaker at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2012.

Best known as the face of the BBC’s horse racing coverage, Clare is an established name in sports broadcasting. She made her television debut in 1995, presenting Royal Ascot for the BBC, following a successful career as a jockey having been named Champion Lady Rider in 1990.

Since then she has gone on to present Wimbledon and the Olympics and will be part of the BBC team at the London 2012 games.

In 2003, in recognition of her broadcasting achievements, Clare won the Royal Television Society’s ‘Sports Presenter of the Year’, as well as winning awards for ‘Racing Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Racing Broadcaster of the Year’ shortly after.

Away from sport, Clare has worked on numerous TV programmes, including Countryfile, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Trooping the Colour and Crufts.

Andrew Lancaster, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “Having been a successful jockey, Clare has established an enviable reputation as one of the country’s best known TV presenters and we are thrilled to have her as the guest speaker at this year’s Legal Awards.

“With such a varied and interesting career background, I’m looking forward to hearing Clare’s tales of life as a jockey, run-ins with royalty, the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts and the perils of live television broadcasting.”

Joining Clare on stage to keep a tight rein on the evening’s proceedings as guest compere will be Heart FM breakfast show presenter Ed James.

The Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards will take place at the International Convention Centre on Thursday 22 March. More than 500 people are expected to attend the annual event, which has been held since 2002.

Ten awards will be presented on the night, including Trainee Solicitor of the Year, Barrister of the Year, Legal Executive of the Year, Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, International Lawyer of the Year, Partner of the Year, Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners up to four partners), Law Firm of the Year (five to 15 partners) and Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more).

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel made up of high profile figures from the West Midlands’ legal and business community.

Birmingham Law Society is seeking sponsors for this year’s event. For further information contact Rebecca Lynch on 0121 222 4192 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 30th November 2011

More than 70 Birmingham lawyers attended a private screening of “The Whistleblower”.

The film, starring Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, is based on the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, who was sacked from her role as a United Nations peacekeeper after she uncovered a sex trafficking ring in Bosnia.

Her successful case against dismissal was handled by Birmingham lawyer Karen Bailey, of Bailey Wright Solicitors, who attended the screening at The Electric Cinema, along with Madeleine Rees, the former high-ranking UN official portrayed in the film by Vanessa Redgrave. The duo previously worked together at Birmingham firm Tyndallwoods.

The screening, organised by Birmingham Law Society, was followed by a buffet and a book signing by Kathryn at Chung Ying Garden restaurant.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011

More than 100 newly qualified solicitors from around the West Midlands attended a reception held by Birmingham Law Society to mark their entry to the profession.

The celebratory cocktail party was held on the top floor of Colmore Plaza, in Birmingham.

Guests included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr. Len Gregory,who presented certificates to the new solicitors, and His Honour Judge William Davies QC, the Recorder of Birmingham. Andrew Lancaster, President of Birmingham Law Society, hosted the event.

He said: “This event is now in its fourth year and Birmingham Law Society is delighted to celebrate with and recognise the achievements of new lawyers entering the legal profession. It shows the region’s firms are investing in the future.”

The event was sponsored by Harvey Nichols, Martineau, Servern Trent Searches and Wesleyan for Lawyers.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2011

Birmingham Law Society held its annual President’s dinner at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

President Andrew Lancaster welcomed 200 guests to the event.

Top table guests included Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Paul Sabapathy CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands, and Cllr Anita Ward, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

His Hon Judge William Davis QC, the Recorder of Birmingham, entertained the audience prior to a three-course dinner. Lucy Scott-Montcrieff, Vice President of the The Law Society of England and Wales, spoke following the meal.

A charity collection raised £1,300 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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