Birmingham Law Society is launching a new programme of seminars and events aimed at bringing together different branches of the legal profession.

BLS said the staging of the new events was prompted by the economic downturn, in an attempt to help a sector that is under more pressure at the moment than at any time in recent history.

The programme, which started with an employment seminar about the changes in approach to discipline and grievance following the abolition of the Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedures, offer a combination of education and networking outside office hours.

Speakers at the first seminar included Judge Colin Goodier, a senior employment judge, David Wait, who is the manager of conciliation and mediation at ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), and Linda Jones, a partner in the employment team at Pinsent Masons and chair of the BLS Employment Law Committee.

Veronica Dean, a consultant at Averta Employment Lawyers and a member of the BLS employment law committee chaired the event, which was hosted by Pinsent Masons.

More than 50 delegates, including solicitors, barristers and legal executives from firms and chambers across the region attended the seminar and took part in a lively debate with the panel of speakers.

Glenda Rogers, professional services manager at Birmingham Law Society, who is responsible for the learning and development programme, said: “This kind of seminar is a new concept and as a regional law society we want to offer support during these very difficult times.

“We are trying to bring together all the different areas of the legal profession and associated organisations for educational and networking events.

“The evening was highly commended by the speakers and guests alike and we will be organising future topical seminars, combining training, discussion and networking.”

BLS’ Family Law Committee will present the next event on Tuesday May 19. It will look at the pitfalls facing family practitioners on issues such as client care, SRA compliance and costs.

n For more information contact Glenda Rogers on 0121 633 6908 or via email