South Yorkshire lawyer’s dash for son’s birth

Pictured is Barrister Chris Fry, who had to rush back from picking  up a law Society award in London When his wife jackie also a partner in the firm went into Labour
Pictured is Barrister Chris Fry, who had to rush back from picking up a law Society award in London When his wife jackie also a partner in the firm went into Labour
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HE made it - but just in the nick of time!

A double celebration was in order for lawyer Chris Fry, when his baby son was born shortly after he collected a top award for his legal firm.

But Chris, aged 36, had a challenge on his hands to make it to the Jessop wing in Sheffield as the awards ceremony took place in London.

The barrister, who lives in Treeton, Rotherham, raced up the M1 in the early hours, arriving on the maternity ward, still in his dinner jacket, with just an hour to spare.

Chris said he was overjoyed to be at his 34-year-old wife Jackie’s side as she delivered their first son, called Leo.

“I had visions of walking into the delivery suite to find him already there, which would have been massively disappointing,” said Chris.

The couple are partners at Unity Law, based in Fountain Precinct, Sheffield, and also have a daughter Sofia, aged two-and-a-half.

The legal practice won the Community Investment trophy at the Law Society’s annual Excellence Awards.

Chris said nurses had reassured him that Jackie was unlikely to go into labour on the day - but then her waters broke shortly after his win was announced.

He added: “She was as excited as I was, perhaps a bit too excited!

“I had to get home as quickly as I could. I got back at 2.30am and our baby was born just after 3.30am. I was there in the nick of time.

“I don’t think the staff at the Jessop’s expected to see me in my dinner jacket!”

A tyre on Chris’s car blew out on the way to London, which could have dashed his hopes of seeing the birth if it had happened on the way back.

He said: “Every obstacle threw itself in my way, but I was delighted when I got there in time.”

By coincidence, the Law Society crest features a lion - but that wasn’t the reason the name Leo was chosen.

“Our little girl liked the name,” Chris said. “And he’s getting on great, he seems to have fitted in straight away.”