Law firm chairman to talk at banquet

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One of Sheffield’s best-known lawyers is set to deliver the keynote speech at the annual Yorkshire Law Banquet, hosted by Sheffield and District Law Society.

Michael Napier CBE QC, chairman at law firm Irwin Mitchell, will address more than 350 legal professionals from across the region at Cutlers Hall in the city centre on Friday, February 8.

He will discuss the importance of pro bono work, upholding the rule of law as well as sharing anecdotes and stories from his life as a solicitor.

During his 40-year legal career, Mr Napier has acted on a number of high-profile cases, including the Lockerbie bombing, the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion, the sinking of The Marchioness and the Iraq supergun.

He was appointed president of The Law Society of England and Wales in 2001 and subsequently became the Attorney General’s pro-bono envoy in 2002, a position which he continues to hold today.

During the evening, guests will also be given the opportunity to try their hand at laser clay pigeon shooting, with entertainment provided by the Nabarro Office Band, Oughtibridge Brass Band, as well as performances by a harpist and pianist.

Anna Rudkin, president of the Sheffield and District Law Society, said: “For many working in the Legal Profession, the Yorkshire Banquet is one of the highlights on the legal calendar.

“The event will see lawyers, accountants and representatives from the local business community come together and enjoy what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

“Mr Napier is regarded by many as one of the most creative and innovative lawyers of his generation and I’m sure his speech will be interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining.

“Michael has devoted much of his career to campaigning issues such as access to justice and encouraging the profession to embrace pro bono work – both of which have been important themes that the Sheffield Law Society has supported during my presidential year.

Proceeds raised from the event being used to support the work of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and the city’s Cathedral Archer Project.

Limited numbers of tickets for the black tie event are available from the Sheffield and District Law Society, which can be contacted on 0114 2723655.