28 October 2016Publish date: 28/10/2016
We'll keep a welcome on the Aireside;
With just three weeks to go to the glittering LLG Awards Evening in Leeds on 18 November and the nerves of those shortlisted starting to jangle I thought it opportune to test out the hospitality that the City of my birth has to offer in the modern age.
Consequently the other Thursday night, having received a very timely invitation from a certain set of Chambers in Leeds I found myself at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2016 being held in New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries. What an evening was had by the 550 plus legal professionals present. The champagne Reception was followed by an excellent meal starting with caramelised onion and mature Yorkshire cheddar tart. The main course was slow-cooked belly pork with colcannon mash, roasted apple and shallot puree and a cider sauce and this excellent fare was rounded off by a warm black cherry and almond Bakewell pudding with clotted cream. Yum!
Dinner was followed by the Awards Ceremony which was glamorously hosted by Louise Minchin of BBC1's Breakfast show (who incidentally is an accomplished triathlete, following in the wake of Yorkshire's own Brownlee brothers). There were 21 Awards and I was delighted to see that John Crosse of Wakefield MDC had made the shortlist for the In-House Lawyer Award and that John and his Team from Wakefield were nominated in the Family Law Award category. I was even more delighted when the Family Award was collected by John on behalf of the Team as it was richly deserved. Many many congratulations.
So those of you who have not yet got tickets for the LLG Awards or those of you thinking twice about 'cooming up north' or 'dar'n south' get them now before those who know and appreciate the welcome you will receive in Leeds have snapped them all up!
See you there,
Yorkshire & Humber