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BLAGG news and save the date for drinks on 9th October 2015 at Serjeants Inn chambers

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Thanks to all those who attended the Hardwicke drinks. It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion and it was a pleasure to see so many of you there. Many thanks to Alex and Brie for making the event happen and for supporting BLAGG.

Capitalising on the success of that event, BLAGG is pleased to announce our new term drinks to welcome new members and pupils will be on 9th October 2015 from 6pm at Serjeants Inn Chambers 85 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AE are kindly hosting BLAGG members. 

 

Do put it in your diaries. There will be drinks and nibbles. Again thanks to Elliot for arranging this and it should be a lovely evening.

Also we are working on getting a new website up and running for the new term to we will keep you posted with that and the new email address.

We are also planning on doing another edition of the Gay Bar magazine for the new term so if anyone would be interested in writing a short piece/article or are aware of anything you would like us to include can you email Elliot who has kindly offered to put this together at Egold@serjeantsinn.com with any ideas and contributions.

We also have openings on our committee for anyone who would be interested in helping out. We understand juniors are busy so we don’t meet too often but need an active committee to keep our work going to anyone interested in joining do let me know. We always need help organising events and helping to maintain contacts

And finally any ideas generally about stuff you would like BLAGG to do I the future please get in touch

Happy holidays!

Claire and Hassan

Co chairs of BLAGG

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BLAGG summer drinks at Hardwicke Chambers 23rd July 2015

 

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Hardwicke chambers have kindly offered to host BLAGG members for an informal summer drinks at their chambers (http://www.hardwicke.co.uk) from 6pm on Thursday 23rd July 2015. A huge thanks to Alex for arranging this.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided

Anyone who would like to come along let me know and I will add your name to the list so I can keep an eye on numbers

Look forward to seeing you there and I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine

Claire and Hassan

BLAGG Co-chairs

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London Pride 2015

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On Saturday 27 June, members of the Law Society, Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Interlaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks (InterLaw Diversity Forum), Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG) and the Junior Lawyers Division will once again parade through the streets of London.

We will be celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity in the legal profession under the banner ‘Equality under the law’ and promoting the message ‘Legal heroes fighting for LGBT justice’.

Register to march in the parade

To register to march for equality with the legal sector in the PRIDE in London parade, please email: legalpride@lawsociety.org.uk.

We will provide banners and t-shirts for those marching.

Pre-parade networking drinks – Friday 26 June

Pre-Pride drinks will be held at the Law Society Offices at 113 Chancery Lane on Friday 26 June from 18:00 until 20:00. Please RSVP via email: legalpride@lawsociety.org.uk.

Arrangements for the day – Saturday 27 June

The official meeting point for the legal sector will be Chiltern Street at 12:30. The parade will start at 13:00.

A post-march party starting immediately after the parade ends will provide ample opportunity for networking and socialising.

 

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Blagg Womens Event 6th March 2015

 

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A final reminder that BLAGG will be hosting its second ladies only event onFriday 6th March 2015 to coincide with international women’s day on 8th March 2015 and also to raise a glass to Deirdre Fottrell’s recent appointment as a QC.

Proceedings will kick off with some food and drink at the Bridge Bar in Grays Inn from 6.30pm

http://www.graysinn.org.uk/the-inn/the-bridge-bar

and then we will move on to She Bar in Soho for some bubbles and cocktails at 9.30pm until late. If you are meeting us there at she bar we are going to reserve a table under my name so just ask the staff if you can’t find me or text me

http://she-soho.com

There is no charge for the event but there will be a £2 per head entry to She Bar for those for decide to stay on afterwards which will be payable by each individual

Please RSVP to me Claire Fox on c.fox@pumpcourtchambers.com asap if you are able to join us

This event has no dress code but sorry lads it is women only (we will organise another BLAGG event soon for all).

This event is open to all ladies whether or not they are members of BLAGG so partners, members of LAGLA and interlaw and any other organisations or friends of friend  are warmly welcome so please pass this invitation on to friends and colleagues

I look forward to seeing you there for what should be a lovely evening

Claire xx

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BLAGG 20th Anniversary Party

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BLAGG 20th Anniversary Party

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House

Cost £30

We would like to invite you to a party to celebrate 20 years since BLAGG was formed in the Inns of Court to support and assist lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender persons at the bar and in the legal profession.

It will be a chance to celebrate everything that BLAGG has achieved over the past few years and to thank those who have continued to support us. It will be a fun and informal affair with food, wine, excellent views of the river from Tom’s terrace and good company so please join us.

There are a limited number of reduced price places. Please state if you would like to apply for one of these, if you are a student/pupil/tenant and if you are a pupil/tenant, your chambers, date of call and area of practice.

Please RSVP to Claire Fox at c.fox@pumpcourtchambers.com to reserve your place

We prefer payments by bank transfer to a/c 1611885 sort code 60 40 04 or cheques can be sent to Claire Fox at 3 Pump Court, Temple, EC4Y 7AJ

We look forward to seeing you there!

Claire and Hassan

BLAGG Co-chairs

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London Pride 2014

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London Pride 2014

Saturday, 28 June 2014

On Saturday 28 June 2014 members of the Law Society, Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Interlaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks (InterLaw Diversity Forum), Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG) and the Junior Lawyers Division will once again process through the streets of London.

We will be celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity in the legal profession under the banner ‘Equality under the Law’ and promoting the message ‘Freedom to… challenge and defend’.

Register to march in the parade – deadline: Friday 20 June

To register to march for equality with the legal sector in the PRIDE in London parade, please email: legalpride@lawsociety.org.uk.

Please register by Friday 20 June.

We will provide banners and t-shirts for those marching.

Pre-parade networking drinks (Friday, 27 June)

Pre-Pride drinks will be held at the Law Society Offices at 113 Chancery Lane on Friday 27 June from 18:00 until 20:00. Please RSVP via email: legalpride@lawsociety.org.uk.

Arrangements for the day (Saturday, 28 June)

This year, the official meeting point for the legal sector will be Chiltern Street at 12:30. The parade will start at 13:00.

A post-march party at Walkers of Whitehall starting immediately after the parade ends will provide ample opportunity for networking and socialising.

For further details, see http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/representation/articles/legal-pride/

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Surrogacy for Same Sex Couples

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Surrogacy for Same Sex Couples

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

With GLADD (Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists) andParliout (gay persons in Parliament)

Time: 6pm Venue: The Bar Council 289-293 High Holborn Cost: £10.00. Free to students / pupils / practitioners under 3 years call.

Following on from the success of our previous lecture on the subject of gay adoption, BLAGG is hosting, in collaboration with GLADD and ParliOUT, a talk in respect of International and Domestic Surrogacy for same sex couples.

We are very privileged to have experts in the field to speak to us about this growing method of parenting:

Hassan Khan – Chair and introductions

Natalie Gamble – Partner at Natalie Gamble Associates

Sam King – Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings

The lecture will last for 1 hour followed by informal drinks at the venue or at a local bar.

All are welcome to attend so please bring or invite others who may be interested.

We welcome payments by Internet transfer to: Natwest Bank, Account Number 16118855, Sort Code 60-40-04 – please put your name as the reference number. Cheque payments should be made to “BLAGG” and sent to Jennifer Lee (Treasurer), at 3 Pump Court, Pump Court Chambers, Temple, London EC4Y 7AJ

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Equal Civil Marriage Consultation 2012


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Equal Civil Marriage Consultation

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Blagg is looking to contribute to this Home Office consultation, which closes on Thursday 14th June 2012. If you wish to assist, please email Hassan Khan on hk@4pb.com.

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Forced Marriage Consultation 2012

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Forced Marriage Consultation

Friday, 30 March 2012

Forced marriage is increasingly affecting the gay community. Indeed, one of the triggers to forcing young men to marry is either a suspicion that they might be gay or following a voluntary or involuntary disclosure.

Blagg is looking to contribute to this Home Office consultation, which closes on Friday 30th March 2012. If you wish to assist, please email Hassan Khan on hk@4pb.com.

The Home Office consultation document is available here

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Judicial Appointments Consultation 2012

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Judicial Appointments Consultation

Monday, 13 February 2012

The BLAGG committee is in the process of putting together a response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on Judicial Diversity, which is due next Monday, 13th February 2012.

We would appreciate any views you may have and we would be grateful if you could send your responses to Hassan Khan at hk@4pb.com as soon as possible and no later than Sunday night.

Please contact us for the consultation document.

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