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Retirement Planning for LGBTI Barristers 2nd October 2017

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Retirement Planning for LGBTI Barristers

Date 2nd October 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Garden Court Chambers, London, WC2A 3LJ

Refreshments and nibbles will be available at the event sponsored by Garden Court Chambers and BLAGG.


Retirement Planning for LGBTI Barristers by the LGBTI specialist-Equality Wealth Management

Malcolm Cuthbert of Equality Wealth Management will be talking to BLAGG members about retirement planning for LGBTI barristers and their partners.

Malcolm Cuthbert is married to his husband-Ronald and they have had four children together through surrogacy!

Malcolm has specialized in wealth management for same sex parents but has also focused on LGBTI barristers and their partners.

Malcolm has provided other talks at other chambers and the feedback was that he was “insightful and thought provoking”.

Malcolm will focus on and expand on some of the following do’s and dont’s:

  1. Saving for your retirement-how much to save, how tax relief works, and why private pensions can still work for barristers.
  2. Compounding and how it is important to start young!
  3. The Annual Allowance taper and how this might impact on how much you can contribute and the Lifetime Allowance and what affect this might have on your retirement plans.
  4. Other ways to save for retirement including property (your home and/or buy to lets) and the tax treatment of the same. Also ISA’s both cash and equity. Also VCT’s and EIS’s.
  5. The need to diversify from just one asset class (property!) and using tax efficient wrappers to maximise income in retirement.
  6. When and how to take the money out so annuities can be drawndown.
  7. Passing on your pension to your partner/friends or family.


Malcolm recently co-wrote a guide to LGBTI retirement planning which will be available to those coming to the event.


Spaces are limited please rsvp to


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Research on LGBTQ+ experiences at the Bar – 25th September 2017 panel event

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On 25 September 2017, there will be a launch event of the results of the world’s first research into the experiences of LGBT+ members of the Bar. It is based on work undertaken in 2016: a survey with 126 LGBT+ barristers, QCs, pupils and BPTC students; and 37 linked interviews.

The launch will take place at 7pm at Fyvie Hall on Regent Street. The Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP (Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee) will open the event. Dr Steven Vaughan and his co-author, Marc Mason (University of Westminster),  will then speak to the research results. Following the results, a panel, with representatives from the Bar Standards Board, FreeBar, BLAGG and 29 Bedford Row, will offer some short reflections on the outcomes of the research.

The event is free to attend and will be followed by a drinks reception, generously supported by 29 Bedford Rowand UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law. Further information, directions to the venue, and details on how to sign-up can be found here:

We hope many BLAGG members can attend and feel free to pass the sign-up link/invitation on to any of your contacts you think might be interested

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