We have partnered with a number of excellent firms within the Birmingham community to host our events, and have also developed excellent working relationships with The Law Society, Birmingham Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, regularly collaborating on initiatives aimed at improving diversity and supporting the black and minority ethnic legal community.
We have a busy calendar of events every year, including seminars, CV workshops, panel events and networking events. Our annual black-tie Ball is however the highlight of our annual calendar and is hugely successful, with guests travelling from as far as Scotland to attend. Funds raised on the night from the raffle are shared with our chosen charity for that year, which have to date included Young Minds, The Sickle Cell Society, African Caribbean Community Initiative and African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. In June 2019 we also launched our own version of the Excellence Awards, presenting recipients with prizes in the categories of Student of the Year, Lawyer of the Year and BBL Diversity Champion. Another key annual event on our calendar is our Black History Month celebration, which we have historically hosted in conjunction with The Law Society.
Throughout the year we also host bespoke Insight events in partnership with firms who are keen to showcase their practice to audiences they might not otherwise reach. We also consult and partner with firms on initiatives aimed at offering opportunities to the black legal community and were delighted to have played a key role in the first ever award of the Mills & Reeve Development Bursary in 2020.
If you would like to learn more about BBL, or are interested in partnering with us, we would be delighted to hear from you.