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I’m feeling a little fuzzy headed this morning after an excellent night spent with Manchester’s finest from the legal community at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards.
On arriving at the awards I grabbed a glass of champers and scanned the room for familiar faces, something made slightly more difficult when all the men are in regulation tuxes and all the women are making full use of the occasion to look fabulously glamorous but rather different than the usual boardroom attire. I was quickly rescued by two lovely guys from Shakespeares’ and DWF’s IT teams.
After the champagne reception we were ushered in to the main room for dinner. The event was at the Midland Hotel and they didn’t disappoint, although we were all rather squashed in it made for a great atmosphere and the room looked beautiful. I was hosting a table along with my colleague Sam Jordan and we were delighted to have representatives from Olliers, Addleshaw Goddard, George Davies and Pannone as our guests.
Our table was definitely one of the most fun in the room (although I may be biased here) and I was delighted that we were sitting with several award winners. Mark Molyneux and Lucy Holden, from Addleshaw Goddard were thrilled that their team won the Litigation Team award two years running, let’s see if they can do the treble next year. Sarah Barret and Shelagh Legge from George Davies were delighted to have won in two categories winning awards for trainee of the year and pro bono/community initiative of the year. I was presenting the award for the Crime/Regulatory Team of the Year and I was delighted that Olliers, a regular client, won the award, Jeremy Pinsen and Rachael Darlington were on our table so we were able to help them celebrate.
Emma Jesson was assisting Fran Eccles Bech in hosting the evening, not an easy task when in a room of over 500 lawyers who’ve been let out for the evening. However they managed to make themselves heard above the din, particularly when Fran gave a sincere and moving speech about her efforts to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with the “Booby Birds”.
The evening finished with a band giving the guests the opportunity to thrown some shapes on the dance floor, from what I saw its probably best that everyone’s memories will be getting hazy at that point, there were some interesting moves going on. Although I’m tired today I had a really fabulous evening with some genuinely lovely people, great food, great atmosphere and I can’t wait to be involved next year.
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