Squire Patton Boggs partner and head of the firm’s UK licensing team Stephanie Perraton has been appointed president of Birmingham Law Society (BLS).
Established in 1818, BLS is the largest regional law society in the UK and, as president, Ms. Perraton will represent and serve more than 5,000 members from law firms and barristers’ chambers across the Midlands.
Supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of members are to become top priorities for Ms. Perraton in her new role. She says the events over the past two years are the driving force behind her plans to focus on the mental and physical wellbeing of society members.
“Without our members we wouldn’t be here which is why it is important to give back to the legal pool across Birmingham and the West Midlands. If recent months have taught us anything, looking out for one another is key for a thriving community. Therefore, it is critical that we seek to raise awareness, develop resources that are built to last and signpost members to these,” commented Ms. Perraton.
With over 30 years’ experience in her field, she has already played an active part in mental health awareness during her time as the society’s vice president. Following in the footsteps of the society’s first black president, Inez Brown, Ms. Perraton has also spoken about the importance of continuing progress regarding diversity in the profession.
“Building a strong legal community is at the heart of everything we do at Birmingham Law Society. It is an honour to follow a succession of excellent leaders who have made their mark as previous presidents. Equality, diversity and inclusion run through everything that the society stands for and I look forward to maintaining these values, continuing a culture of inclusion while representing the interests of all of our members across the Midlands.”
“If we are to establish Birmingham as the centre of legal excellence, then supporting our members with a scheme that covers all aspects of wellbeing - mental and physical - is critical. I aspire to equip members with the tools necessary to support their own and others health to futureproof the legal profession in the region.” said Ms. Perraton.
In support of her objectives of inclusivity and physical health, Ms. Perraton has chosen SIFA Fireside, an organisation supporting individuals in their recovery from the effects of homelessness, and breast cancer charity Walk the Walk as charities to support during her term as President.