Allies, IP Out

Beyond the Lanyard:

How can Allies do more?


Wednesday 3 July 2024, 6pm

Birmingham and online


The importance of allyship is a constant theme across the varying contexts of inclusivity. At its most basic, it is the quality of supporting others who may be treated unfairly as part of marginalised groups.

But what does this mean in reality, and what does it look like?

In this panel event, IP Inclusive and Gowling WLG will explore what good allyship to LGBTQIA+ people looks like in practice, beyond the rainbow lanyards and badges. There will be the opportunity for Q&A as part of the event.

Refreshments will be provided.



We are kindly hosted by Gowling WLG at

Two Snowhill


B4 6WR



5.30 – 6.00 pm Registration and arrival with tea and coffee

6.00 – 7.00 pm Panel event chaired by Michael Tushingham and Alex Driver, followed by Q&A

7.00 -8.00 pm Refreshments and networking


Meet the Panellists

Francesco Di Lallo
Head and shoulders photo of Francesco Di Lallo

Fran Di Lallo (they/them) is a part-qualified trainee patent attorney at Barker Brettell LLP, specialising in protecting software and AI related innovation. Fran raises awareness of LGBTQIA+ experiences and helps shape DEI policies within IP practice. With just over two yearsโ€™ experience in the profession, they bring a distinctive perspective of starting a career as an out and proud LGBTQIA+ member.




Samantha Holland

Colour photo of Samantha Holland Sam Holland (she/her) is a Partner at Gowling WLG who leads the Commercial Litigation team. She is a passionate advocate for DE&I and an LGBTQIA+ ally who strongly believes that everyone should be able to be themselves at work, and in all aspects of their lives, and that a happy, diverse and inclusive workplace is in everyone’s best interests.




Alex Driver

Colour photo of Alex Driver

Alex Driver is a Principal Associate in the IP Team at Gowling WLG and co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQIA+ network, Open House. He believes that huge strides have been made in the promotion of the importance of diversity in the legal profession but that more can be done by all.




Michael Tushingham

Colour photo of Michael Tushingham

Michael Tushingham (he/him) is an Associate at Gowling WLG, working in the Tax team and based in Birmingham. He is also a co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQIA+ employee network, OpenHouse, and is a committed supporter of the wider ‘Inclusion for All’ programme at Gowling WLG.





Please register via our Eventbrite page. If you have any specific access requirements, please let us know when you register or by emailingย [email protected];ย weโ€™ll do what we can to help.



This event is free. So are all our resources. That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoy the event please consider contributing. For more information, visit the IP Inclusive fundraising page.

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