Over at BLS HQ we have had a very busy February.
We have begun our preparations for our Annual Awards Dinner 2019 which promises to be as good as ever. After Gary Lightwood’s thrilling entrance at our 2018 AAD, I am certainly feeling the pressure to ensure that this year’s event is just as memorable. We have tasted the food and wine (a tough job) and we have an entertaining host in mind. Watch this space!
There is a lot of activity amongst our member firms focused around Diversity & Inclusivity. One of Law Society President Christina Blacklaws’ priorities was focused on D&I and, in particular, social mobility and women in leadership in law. I think that this has encouraged many firms to look inwards at their own policies and what they could be doing better. I attended a fantastic address by Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, on achieving social change. This was part of UWE’s Bristol Distinguished Address Series and if you have not been to one of these before then I would highly recommend it. I also attended a diversity roundtable to discuss the complex issues surrounding workplace diversity in the legal sector. There are lots of very positive initiatives planned and we are very pleased that Coralie McKeivor is chairing a newly formed D&I committee at Bristol Law Society.
BLS’ offices (No 12, The Meetings Rooms), in the centre of Bristol, continues to be a hub of activity. We have been very pleased to host numerous meetings, seminars and mediations. Our members enjoy discounted rates for room hire, so be sure to get in touch if you require a meeting or mediation space.
There is plenty to look forward to in March. The Law Society is hosting a Brexit Insights Roundtable at BLS on 6 March; the Women Lawyers Division is celebrating International Women’s Day at BLS on 8 March; our fantastic Music Quiz is being held on 14 March; Dual are hosting an Executor & Inheritance Insurance seminar on 21 March; and KPMG are hosting a Bristol Equality Charter Network meeting on 27 March.
I have also been invited to the Cornwall and Leeds Law Societies’ dinners in March which I am very much looking forward to.
I was unable to attend the High Sheriff’s reception on 21 February, but John Moriarty and Jonathan Peacock attended. The High Sheriff spoke very highly of the support from Bristol Law Society, as well as the CSR/Community Engagement activities within Bristol’s legal sector.
I was delighted to attend Richard Barcan’s celebration of 40 years in practice. Quite an achievement and it is fantastic that firms around Bristol celebrate such successes.
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That is all for February. Happy Brexit-month… or not.
1 March 2019