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Messenger November 2017

Messenger November

November 2017 October 09 1 North West Law The Manchester Legal Walk On 28th September, over 350 solicitors, barristers, trainees, paralegals, academics and legal staff joined the Manchester Legal Walk in aid of the North West Legal Support Trust (NWLST). The 10k walk was led by Jon Hainey, the President of Manchester Law Society, Mr Kui Man Gerry Yeung OBE DL -The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Martha Spurrier - Director of Liberty His Honour Judge Graham Platts and Sally Penni - Barrister at Law and Founder of Women in the Law UK. Teams came from numerous firms and law organisations across the city, including Addleshaw Goddard, Angela Seager, BPP University, Browne Jacobson LLP, Burton Copeland, Central Chambers, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, DAC Beachcroft LLP, Deans Court Chambers , Douglas Scott, DWF, Eversheds Sutherland, Express Solicitors, EY, Fletchers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Garden Court North Chambers, Greater Manchester CILEx Branch, Hill Dickinson LLP, Horwich Farrelly, Irwin Mitchell, Kenworthy's Chambers, Mills and Reeve, Neat Legal Services, Oldham Law Association, Olliers, Pabla and Pabla, Pluck Andrew, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Tuckers, University of Manchester Wilmslow Solicitor takes Freedom of the City of London A Wilmslow-solicitor has made such an impression on London’s legal scene, she has been awarded the Freedom of the City. Law School, University of Law, WTB Solicitors and of course a few dogs! A raffle was held on the day with the prize of a Manchester City shirt signed by Kyle Walker was won by the team from Tuckers. At the time of printing over £12,000 has been raised and there is still time to make a donation. The aim of the NWLST is to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and do this by raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford it. Receiving legal help makes an enormous difference to Hilary Meredith said:“It is a huge honour to receive the Freedom of the City of London - the Sheep drive is a lot harder than it looks!” people’s lives, helping to reduce debt, poverty and suffering. If you want to get involved in raising more funds for NWLST then you can take part in the Great Legal Quiz on 8th November, a nationwide quiz which is part of National Pro Bono Week. The NWLST provide the questions (not law specific) and you organise the quiz in your local pub, office or just at home! For further information on the Great Legal Quiz and NWLST visit www.nwlst.org.uk Mr Gerry Yueng OBE, High Sheriff of Greater Manchester starting the Manchester Legal Walk After becoming a Freeman of the City of London earlier this year, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, yesterday took part in the great annual Sheep drive over London Bridge. The event, which raised thousands for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, was launched by television chef Mary Berry. The Freedom of the City of London began in 1237 and is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today. Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, and Nelson Mandela are among the recipients of the Freedom of the City of London. Hilary acts primarily for armed forces service personnel, veterans and their families. She has successfully acted in a number of ground-breaking cases and has developed a reputation in public affairs and lobbying for the rights of the armed services personnel. She is currently campaigning against Government proposals to widen the scope of combat immunity to stop claims of negligence coming to court. Hilary Meredith Solicitors opened in Wilmslow in 2003. The firm opened its London office ten years later and last year relocated its City base to 1 Mitre Court, Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in London. The Monthly Publication of the Manchester Law Society In association with Manchester Legal Awards 2017 principal sponsors President’s Charity of the Year