Thank you to all of you who attended our annual dinner and excellence awards at Trinity Hall College on Friday 22nd March 2019. The evening began in the Aula Bar with a drinks reception followed by the annual dinner and excellence awards… | LBLBulletin

Annual Gala Dinner & Legal Excellence Awards 2019


Welcome to Michael Frape - our new President

The out-going President, Dr Karl Dembicki, thanked the Committee and its members for all of the valuable work which had been undertaken in the last Committee Year. 

Our new president, Michael Frape of Ashtons Legal, formally accepted the presidency for the next year at the annual dinner, attended by Paul Tennant, (Chief Executive of the Law Society of England & Wales), members of the judiciary and more than 120 legal professionals.

In his acceptance speech, Michael talked about how he is looking forward to embracing the challenges ahead - and increasing the role which the committee play in representing the views of our committee members. A key theme is to make the committee more relevant and accessible for all. I am sure you will join me in wishing Michael all the very best for the next year.

Charitable work - Homes for the Homeless

We have selected Homes for the Homeless as our charity of the year. Homes for the Homeless offer training flats to rough sleepers and 24/7 support in health, welfare and training to help them get back on their feet. The charity aims is to reduce the number of rough sleepers on the streets of Cambridge, and increase the number of training flats available.

We were delighted to welcome Neil Whiteside, one of their trustees, who gave a speech about their work to combat homelessness across Cambridge. 

Thanks to all who supported the charity by purchasing raffle tickets at the dinner. Prizes included Trinity Hall Gin, Trinity Hall Port, Champagne, Malt Whiskey and Trinity Hall red and white wine. The raffle raised £1,120 for the charity and we hope that our lucky winners enjoyed their prizes! There will be more opportunities throughout the year to get involved and help raise funds and awareness for this excellent cause.

Many thanks to our sponsors Rathbones, Barclays Corporate, ARAG, Ensors, Geodesys, Handelsbanken, Fenners Chambers, Currency Index and Nelson Chambers for their generous support.

A special thank you to Penny Harrington for her sterling efforts in organising the dinner and the awards, as well as all other events which take place throughout the committee year.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next annual dinner which is set to be even better!

Chris Claxton-Shirley Tees Law

Excellence Awards 2019 winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Excellence Awards. Many, many congratulations to all of the nominees and to those of you who were short-listed. This year we saw a huge number of nominations and the competition across the categories was very high. The judging panel were extremely impressed with the quality of the applications.

The winners are as follows:

EXCELLENCE IN CLIENT SERVICE Birketts LLP

EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT Hewitsons LLP – Absolute Career Focus

EXCELLENCE IN PRO BONO Anglia Ruskin University – Anglia Law School Law Clinic

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TEAM OF THE YEAR Birketts LLP

INJURY TEAM OF THE YEAR Ashtons Legal

TRAINEE LAWYER OF THE YEAR Kirsten Tinline Howes Percival LLP

JUNIOR LAWYER OF THE YEAR Emma Watton Mills & Reeve LLP

WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR Janine Collier Tees Law