For Florit Brooke, The Leeds Law Society’s annual dinner on Thursday, March 9th, was more than just a reason for the team to eat, drink and be merry with other members of the Yorkshire legal scene.
As well as being a great opportunity to catch up with Leeds lawyers and solicitors, the event marked the beginning of a new sponsorship agreement between Florit Brooke and the Leeds Law Society, with us lending our backing to the annual event for a further two years to come. It’s a great opportunity to show our support for the local legal community and, quite honestly, we couldn’t have wished for a better way to spend the evening.
Held at the four-star Queens Hotel in the heart of Leeds, the Society’s annual dinner saw nearly 400 legal professionals from the local area gathering to enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks and speeches, in addition to raising funds for the event’s charity partner, The Personal Support Unit.
Attending the event as sponsors as well as guests was a great experience for us, and we took the opportunity to meet some of the newer faces on the Yorkshire legal scene as well as catching up with some old acquaintances. Our table had a great mix of both, with guests including delegates from Eversheds, Woods Whur, Clarion, Langleys and Mamas & Papas.
Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton began the toasts, before Sue Harris, President of the Leeds Law Society, addressed the guests. Other speakers included Robert Bourns, national President of the Law Society, and Nick Gallagher, CEO of The Personal Support Unit. After the toasts and speeches, guests enjoyed a sumptuous three-course dinner; then, once the evening’s formal proceedings were closed, it was time for entertainment and networking. With a magician and a papercut artist both captivating our attention as they performed their different kinds of wizardry, this part of the evening was – dare we say it – pretty magical!
The event’s charity partner was The Personal Support Unit, an organisation which aims to reduce the disadvantage of people facing the civil and family justice system without a lawyer, enabling individuals to access justice regardless of language barriers, financial difficulties, or other obstructions. The PSU’s network of more than 550 trained volunteers give free, independent assistance with any aspect of civil legal proceedings, helping people over 3,700 times each month in the previous year.
The generosity of the evening’s guests helped the event to raise more than £2000 for the charity – as ever, it was great to see the Yorkshire legal community coming together to support a cause to which we’re all so heavily dedicated in our professional lives.