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Charitable dinner rounds off 'great' year for group; A round up of news from the region's legal sector in the past week.

More than 130 members of the local legal community attended the Birmingham Solicitors' Group annual dinner at Villa Park and helped raise pounds 500 for charity.

The annual dinner celebrated another successful year for the Birmingham Solicitors' Group as they continue to represent the legal community in Birmingham.

Guests at the Monte Carlo-themed evening were treated to a Champagne reception and entertainment that included a casino, DJ and a magician. The event was supported by Wesleyan for Lawyers, Robert Walters, Aston Villa Hospitality and Events, SBM Group, Mills & Reeve and St Philips.

With the event held at the home of Aston Villa, more than pounds 500 was raised by BSG members for the football charity 'Coaching for Hope'.

The charity provides FA standard coaching to youth workers in South and West Africa who are also trained in HIV awareness to allow them to tackle this widespread problem.

Elaine Mitchell, treasurer of the BSG ,said: "This year's annual dinner was a tremendous success and it was a splendid way to raise money for Coaching for Hope, a charity that organises FA-standard football coaching courses for youth workers in Western and Southern Africa, and also teaches them how to deliver HIV awareness and life skills sessions to young people.

"This has been a great year for the BSG and we would like to thank our sponsors and members for making our events so successful."

The Birmingham Solicitors' Group is an organisation for solicitors in Birmingham.

They are open to all solicitors in the region from newly qualified up to 10 years qualification.

The BSG help maintain and develop the legal scene in Birmingham as one of the most thriving in the country.

It is the largest organisation of its kind in the country outside London.

HR expert hosts event Ellis Whittam, a fixed fee employment law and HR specialist, is hosting a free breakfast briefing in Solihull on Tuesday November 15.

The event, entitled Employment Law Update, is aimed at directors, business owners, senior managers and those responsible for procuring HR services in companies with more than 15 employees.

The aim of the event is to bring business leaders up to speed on the latest employment law issues including agency workers regulations, paternity leave, repeal of retirement age regulations, pension reform and the Bribery Act.

At the briefing, Mr Whittam will have both employment law specialists and financial advisors on hand to offer free and confidential advice to attendees on all matters affecting their businesses.

For more information call 0845 226 8393.

Gaming expert joins DLA Piper's Birmingham office has boosted its credentials in the gaming sector with the appointment of Sue Dawson as legal director.

Ms Dawson joins DLA Piper's media, sport and IPT team, moving from city firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Her two colleagues, Hilary Stewart-Jones and Stephen Ketteley, have also recently joined DLA Piper working as partners in the firm's London office.

The trio are widely regarded as leading lawyers within the sector and bring expertise in multi-jurisdictional advice, ranging from regulatory and licensing to contractual, IP, commercial and outsourcing.

Ms Dawson began her legal career in Birmingham training at Eversheds before becoming in house counsel at Inspired Gaming Group and then assistant general counsel at Gala Coral group.

She said "Joining DLA Piper provides a unique opportunity to develop the burgeoning gambling division of a global law firm, which has the resources, the experience and the drive to develop a strong specialist niche in the gaming industry. The team in Birmingham already has a depth of experience in the gambling sector in other practise groups such as corporate, employment and construction."

Firm appoints two charity partners Shoosmiths has elected Brainwave and Macmillan Cancer Support as its new charity partners.

The national law firm's 1,200 staff were invited to vote for two charities from a three-strong shortlist.

Brainwave - which helps children with development problems - polled just over 40 per cent of the vote; while Macmillan Cancer Support secured 41 per cent.

Shoosmiths will support Brainwave with fundraising activity from now through to the end of July 2012; before switching to help Macmillan from August next year to the end of April 2013. Shoosmiths corporate responsibility director Nicola Ellen said: "Brainwave and Macmillan are two very worthwhile organisations for us to be helping, and we're now looking forward to a total of 18 months' fundraising on behalf of both of them.

"Helping charities like these, which in turn help people from the communities in which we have offices, is a fundamental part of what makes ours a caring law firm."

Fundraising for Brainwave starts in earnest with Shoosmiths' annual Auction of Promises and Presents, on November 28, which will see staff bid for items and offers of help posted by colleagues on the firm's intranet.

Last year it raised more than pounds 4,200 for Teenage Cancer Trust. The aim this year is to raise enough money to provide a year of life changing therapy for 14 boys and girls from communities where Shoosmiths has offices.

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