LLS Host Dinner with Leicester's influential
Leicestershire Law Society (LLS) hosted a successful and entertaining Civic Dinner at The City Rooms on Friday 1 March, with a number of influential guests attending from the local judiciary and legal community, together with a large representative from business, educational, arts and charitable organisations.
It was the first year that this annual event has hosted such a varied selection of guests from diverse sections of the city and county, including Judges and lawyers together with the Lord Mayor and a number of key individuals from the City and County Councils, Leicester & Leicestershire Economic Partnership, Institute of Directors, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University. The Curve Theatre, Phoenix Square Film & Digital Media and Big Difference Company were also represented along with Leicestershire Cares and Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation.
With 70 guests attending the dinner, the evening was a great opportunity for those attending to discuss topical and relevant issues affecting the city and to develop and strengthen links with others with the common goal of promoting Leicester and the surrounding county.
The dinner concluded with an inspiring and informative speech from Geoff Rowe, founder of the Leicester Comedy Festival and Chief Executive of the Big Difference Company, who was delighted to talk about the recent successes of both the festival and the city of Leicester.
Helen Johnson, Managing Partner of emeryjohnson Solicitors and current President of LLS has been keen to promote Leicester as a centre of legal excellence and has encouraged a number of events and initiatives to raise the profile of the local legal community over recent months.
Commenting on the evening, Helen said "LLS seeks to forge links with a wide variety of our diverse community. I was delighted to see so many representatives not just from the field of law but from business, culture and education chatting and making links. Geoff Rowe inspired the room and caused real excitement about the prospect of Leicester's bid to become city of culture in 2017. "
Geoff also commented on the evening, stating “Leicestershire Law Society provided a great opportunity for people from different sectors to meet and discuss important issues linked to the future development of the city and county. I look forward to continuing to work with the LLS as Leicester develops its bid for City of Culture 2017.”
The evening also raised over £500 for Warning Zone, a Leicester based charity that educates young people about the consequences of criminal and anti-social behaviour.