New president takes over at Birmingham Law Society

Outgoing president Andrew Lancaster with his successor Mary Kaye, who took over as president of Birmingham Law Society at its AGM.

Mary Kaye, a partner at law firm SGH Martineau, has been appointed as the new president of Birmingham Law Society (BLS).

She succeeds Andrew Lancaster of Anthony Collins Solicitors, who stepped down at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24 April 2012.

Mary is a highly respected family law practitioner. She has led the family law team at SGH Martineau since joining the firm in 2006, specialising in all aspects of family law, with particular expertise in international family law, often involving legal and financial disputes in different jurisdictions. Mary also has extensive experience in representing clients in the Family Proceedings Court, the County Court and High Court and is regularly instructed by the court to act for children. Continue reading


Birmingham Law Society and Birmingham City University team up in new student venture

(L-R).Front row – Ben Henry, Ann Houghton, Professor Fiona Church, Professor Mary Carswell (Pro Vice Chancellor). Back row – Dean Parnell, Jonathan Cooper, Ian Fox Williams, Ian Hamley, James Clark

Birmingham Law Society has teamed up with Birmingham City University in a new venture that will see law students automatically enrolled as student members of the organisation.

All 290 students from the University’s 2012 intake will become members of Birmingham Law Society – the largest local law society in the country.

It is the first time that any university has provided all of its students with membership of Birmingham Law Society, and reflects the importance that Birmingham City University attaches to its students being connected to the local legal profession. Continue reading

Second time around for city firms at the Legal Awards

(L-R) Iftekar Hoque, Sejal Mehta, Gillian McAllister, James Tait and Paul Ray from Browne Jacobson

After narrowly missing out at last year’s event, Browne Jacobson has been named Law Firm of the Year (16+ partners) at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

The firm beat off stiff competition from fellow finalists DAC Beachcroft, DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and SGH Martineau to collect the award.

The win rounds up a successful year for Browne Jacobson. Last year the Birmingham firm posted a record set of financial results with a 22 per cent increase in turnover. It also added a number of new companies to its client roster, including Standard Life and Guoman Thistle Hotels. Continue reading

Sponsors line-up for the 2012 Legal Awards

With the 2012 Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards fast approaching, 12 companies from the city’s business community have thrown their weight behind the event by signing up as sponsors. Continue reading

Clare Balding saddles up for Legal Awards


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.

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Birmingham Law Society issues rallying call to legal sector

Firms and individuals from the region’s legal sector are being encouraged to enter next year’s Legal Awards.

With just weeks to go until the entry deadline, Birmingham Law Society has issued a rallying call to the West Midlands’ legal community to get behind the awards by submitting nominations. Continue reading

Birmingham lawyer wins national recognition for pro bono work

Ruth Creed, a senior solicitor at the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve, has bagged a second award for her pro bono work.

Named Birmingham Law Society’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in March this year, Ruth has now added a national award for launching the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG), in conjunction with Birmingham Law School, to her trophy cabinet.

The specialist healthcare lawyer won the “best contribution by an individual” at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, in conjunction with the Law Society.

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