The new president of Birmingham Law Society, Allsopp & Co partner Martin Allsopp, does not have a computer on his desk because, he says, he wants the profession to ‘go back to basics’ and talk to clients ‘one-to-one’ again.

In a nutshell, that is his plan for his year in office. ‘It’s an opportunity to speak out for the high street. We’ll be running events on some Saturday mornings where we will be out on the high street, meeting the public and showing people that there is a better way of obtaining legal advice than going online.’

Taking over the role of vice-president is Eileen Schofield of Schofield & Associates (pictured with Allsopp).