The Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell hosted an inspirational event as part of the Law Society’s Black History Month.
The event, allowed attendees to hear from a number of West Midlands-based lawyers who shared their motivation and the challenges and rewards associated with a career in law.
It also offered a networking opportunity for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career in law and legal professionals keen to promote diversity in the legal sector and beyond.
Speakers at the event, which was held at Irwin Mitchell’s Imperial House offices, included Yetunde Dania, commercial solicitor and Matthew McDonald trainee solicitor at Trowers Hamlin. Blondel Thompson, barrister at St Phillips Chambers and Tom Lawal, barrister at St Ives Chambers who chaired the event.
Amandeep Dhillon, a partner and expert international and domestic personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell opened the event and gave an insight in to the diversity work that Irwin Mitchell are currently involved in which include a mentoring programme for Black and Minority Ethnic staff members at the firm which has recently been nominated for a Law Society Excellence Award.
The speakers spoke about their personal experiences in to the law profession and highlighted some of the difficulties they faced along the way. The message throughout the evening was that of ‘commitment to the profession’. The event also included entertainment from spoken word artist and poet, Samuel King and singer Nia.
Amandeep said: “We are very proud to have sponsored and hosted this event for the Law Society’s Black History Month for a second consecutive year, and to provide an opportunity to celebrate racial diversity in the legal industry and the West Midlands.
“We heard from some inspirational people and the event was a fantastic opportunity for many legal professionals and aspiring trainees to speak to each other and celebrate all that is good about pursuing a career in the legal sector.
“Hopefully, all attendees will have left with a positive message and will be inspired to celebrate diversity in their careers.”