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  • “The SBA confirms my professional standing as a lawyer

  • “No one should feel their life is in such a state that they can’t ask for help”

  • “You know that there are people there to support you and that you are not alone”

Vital funds raised for SBA The Solicitors’ Charity at Manchester Lawyers’ Carol Service

Manchester Law Society held its annual Lawyers Carol Service at St Ann’s Church in the city centre recently raising vital funds for both the church and SBA The Solicitors’ Charity.

The service, which has run since 1991, saw the Thursday Singers, an auditioned chamber choir drawn from Withington Girls School, Manchester High School for Girls and The Manchester Grammar School lead the singing bringing the profession uplifting music in a beautiful building.

Fran Eccles-Bech, Chief Executive of Manchester Law Society said: “Supporting fellow colleagues when they are in need is vital to Manchester Law Society. However, it’s especially important in the colder season to help alleviate poverty and give the comfort everyone deserves at Christmas. I am proud of fellow members for doing their bit for their profession’s charity at this annual event.”

Guest readers for this year included His Honour Judge Davide Stockdale QC – Honorary Recorder of Manchester, Michael Hayton QC – Leader of the Northern Circuit, Matt Taylor – President of Manchester Law Society and Larry Collier – Chair of the Manchester Bench.

Nick Gallagher, CEO of SBA The Solicitors’ Charity said: “We’re very grateful to benefit from this year’s annual carol service, and see such a wonderful morale boost to the profession at a time of year when there are many pressures facing solicitors. The donations made to us are vital in providing help for solicitors when times get tough.”

For more information on how SBA The Solicitors’ Charity helps its profession and how you can provide support visit www.sba.org.uk

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Notes to editors

  • SBA The Solicitors’ Charity is an independent charity working for solicitors both past and present and their families.
  • It financially assists solicitors and their families who are in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or other adversity.
  • It determines ‘serious financial need’ by using research produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘Minimum Income Standard’.
  • Formerly known as The Solicitors Benevolent Association, it has been working at the heart of the legal profession for over 160 years.
  • SBA has 15 trustees whose personal profiles can be found here

For more information:
Website: www.sba.org.uk
Twitter: @SBACharity

For all media enquiries:
Bex Pearce
bex@carswellgould.co.uk
023 8023 8001

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