The Manchester Annual Legal Service

  • 26/08/2021

All are warmly invited to attend the service to mark the beginning of the legal year at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 10 October at 1030. This is hosted jointly by the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester and the Dean of Manchester Cathedral.

The current High Sheriff is Diane Hawkins JP DL LLB. Articled when Jack Birchwood was Senior Partner, Diane qualified and later became Managing Partner of Whittles’ Manchester office. She was an active member of the Manchester branch of the Association of Women Solicitors. Retiring from practice in 2002, she was subsequently appointed Justice of the Peace in 2005 and originally appointed to the Bolton Bench. She now sits solely in the Family Court and until March this year was the Deputy Chair of Greater Manchester Family Panel. During her year of office as High Sheriff, she is on leave of absence from the judiciary.

Diane has played a part in the voluntary sector across Greater Manchester for the last 20 years, through her work with various charitable organisations. In particular she chairs the board of Fortalice and Bolton Scout Trust

Diane has also served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester since 2008.

Anyone wishing to attend the service is requested to RSVP to His Honour Christopher Tetlow as per this invitation.