THE HOLDSWORTH CLUB
The Official Law Society of the University of Birmingham
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR
Welcome to the Holdsworth Club, the Official Law Society at the University of Birmingham! We are one of the oldest law societies as we were established in 1928. The Holdsworth Club has always been a pillar to all law students since its founding and we are proud to finally accept all degrees since 2019. We are comprised of over 1000 members which even includes the Head of the Birmingham Law School herself, Lisa Webley.
We have always been honoured to have renown judges and jurists as our Presidents such as Lord Denning, Lord Wilberforce, Lady Hale, Lord Radcliffe and more. These esteemed Presidents are welcomed to provide an address to our members in which many concepts such as the legal neighbours by Lord Atkin in the case of Donoghue v Stevenson was established. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was our President for the 2021-22 academic year promoting the international outreach of the club. We are excited to announce our new president for the 2022-23 academic year soon!
Our goal is to offer our members exceptional career opportunities, support from academics to welfare, and create a strong sense of community. It is with great honour that I am leading this year’s committee. We have an abundance of plans to enrich the career prospects and social calendars of our members.
MESSAGE FROM OUR
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
It is an honour and pleasure to accept the role as Honorary President of the Holdsworth Club for the coming academic year. You may be wondering why a woman from Canada has been selected - and agreed to take on - this role.
Let me simply say that I have been deeply involved in legal education throughout my long career as a lawyer, a law teacher and a judge. I am inspired by your commitment to legal learning and to justice. I look forward to watching and participating in your activities as you pursue these goals.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada in 2000 until she retired in 2017. She is the first woman to hold this position and the longest serving chief justice. She was then appointed a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in 2018. Justice Mclachlin graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA (Hon) in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy, and a LLB. She has written and spoken on a wide range of areas of law, spanning from constitutional law, criminal law, commercial and corporate law.