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25 November 2022

BSA celebrates 80th anniversary and appointment of new Chair for 2023

Sarah Wilson of the Departmental Solicitors Office has been elected as Chair of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association (BSA), succeeding Paul Moylan of McCann and McCann.

A new committee was elected at the association’s AGM in Law Society House today and at this Ms Wilson paid tribute to the previous Chair, while Ruairi Gillen, of Gillen & Co was elected Honorary Secretary and Robert Croskery was elected Honorary Treasurer.

Ms Wilson said:

‘It is with great excitement that I take up my appointment as Chair of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2023. I am both delighted but also astonished to be the sixth female and youngest ever lawyer to hold this role.

Throughout its history, the BSA has consistently represented its members’ interests, lobbying government, promoting the highest standards of legal practice and organising a varied social and Continuing Professional Development programme.

In 2023, I aim to celebrate, the achievements of the profession over the past 80 years and promote areas of improvement such as the employment of people with disabilities within the profession. There are a number of social events already planned as part of our celebrations, including our Gala Dinner which will take place on 10th June 2023.’

BSA has also announced their new charity partner for 2023, Employer’s For Disability Northern Ireland (EFDNI).

‘This year our chosen charity is Employers for Disability NI (EFDNI) which is a local charity very close to my heart. Their role is to promote the recruitment, retention and development of disabled employees. 

They do this by providing training, information, advice and in-depth support for disabled employees, their line managers, colleagues and Human Resources staff.  EFDNI encourages and helps local employers to adopt a Disability Positive approach where disabled people are valued and supported both in employment and as customers/services users.

They have developed a unique range of services, and are the only employer-led organisation focused solely on disability good practice in NI. They recently launched a Disability Positive Accreditation initiative which helps employers audit their disability-related employment practices, identify areas needing improvement and recognise those employers who are working at the highest level.

They provide daily support for disabled people, their managers and colleagues and engage with employers covering approximately 25% of the workforce, funded by these organisations. I look forward to supporting EFDNI throughout 2023.’


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