07 December 2018
A book has been launched to celebrate 200 years of the Birmingham Law Society (BLS) at an event hosted by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan, who have also sponsored the publication.
The book - ‘Our legal community – two hundred years of the Birmingham Law Society’ – has been written by by local historian Dr Sally Hoban, charts the Law Society’s history from its foundation in 1818 through to the present day.
She said: “I was the first historian to be given access to Birmingham Law Society’s archives and it was absolutely fascinating. It is the country’s oldest law society and their story really illuminates a huge part of Birmingham’s history.”
Wesleyan chief executive Dr Craig Errington said: “We are delighted to have played a part in Birmingham Law Society’s 200th anniversary celebrations. There are not many organisations that can claim to have a longer history in Birmingham than Wesleyan’s 177 years.
“Our recent history has given us cause to work more closely with BLS as they supported us when we extended our financial services offering to the legal profession, launching initially in Birmingham in 2007.
“They have provided valuable support and insight and helped us to build the strong relationships we have today with the legal profession across the UK.”
Dr Sally Hoban (centre) pictured with representatives of Wesleyan and the Birmingham legal community (from left): Adam Gilbert, Ann Charlton, James Turner (Law Society president), Dr Hoban, Ahmed Farooq, Betty Webb and Paul Owen