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Volunteers wanted for radio broadcasts

5 April 2019

Would you like to speak on your local radio about legal issues? Following the success of our monthly regional newspaper columns, the Law Society is rolling out monthly regional radio broadcasts and we'd like our members to get involved.

We're working with regional and national radio stations to raise the profile of the important work solicitors do to assist people in their everyday lives and to help consumers understand their day-to-day legal needs.

Radio broadcasts will be set up across England and Wales.

To participate, you need to have four years' post-qualification experience and provide details of your specialist area of law.

We are especially looking for consumer-related areas of law such as probate, family law, criminal and conveyancing.

What is a presenter's friend?

Presenter's friends appear on radio and TV stations to help the presenter to explain topical news stories of the day.

Presenter's friends can speak as a one-off or in a regular broadcast slot.

The topics presenter's friends cover can include everything from McKenzie friends and including pets in wills to women in the law and immigration in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

As part of our regional media work, we are doing regional radio broadcasts on a different theme every month. So far, regional radio broadcast themes have included:

  • so-called 'divorce month'
  • mental health in the workplace for Time to Talk day
  • 100 years of women in the law
  • including pets in wills

Law Society members also feature on national radio as presenter's friends, with Council member Denise Lester regularly featuring on talkRADIO.

What will I have to do?

You would need to be happy to speak on a range of topics within your specialist area of law, either as a one-off or in a regular broadcast slot if the opportunity emerges.

Participating in the broadcasts would give you the chance to hone your media skills, raise the profile of your firm and increase public awareness about a host of legal issues.

For a recent example of a presenter's friends broadcast, listen to Gary Rycroft, the chair of our digital assets working group, discuss the logistics of including your pet in your will. Gary's interview with BBC Radio Nottingham starts from 1:14:00.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to be involved, email press.office@lawsociety.org.uk.

Please provide details of your level of experience, your specialism, where you work, and we'll be in touch soon.

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