Lawyers and law students from across the North East turned their attention from legal arguments to sporting contests at the fourth annual Sports Day held by The College of Law in York, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary of opening in the city.
College students past and present did battle with more than 30 teams from regional universities and law firms in football, netball and rugby tournaments.
The teams also tested their strength in the traditional charity ‘Tug of Law’ contest, which this year was raising money for ‘Jane's Appeal’, established by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE in aid of children's and cancer charities.
The University of York Student Law Society were cup winners in the rugby tournament while law firm Walker Morris won the ‘Rugby Plate’. The ‘Netball Cup’ was claimed by the University of Leeds Student Law Society with The College of Law York Old Girls team winning the ‘Netball Plate’.
The College of Law York Old Girls team, winners of the ‘Netball Plate’ with the College’s regional director, Paul Aber
In football The College of Law Chester team walked away with the ‘Football Cup’ and law firm Hammonds were winners of the ‘Football Plate’. A team made up of lawyers from law firms Addleshaw Goddard and DLA Piper proved themselves to be the strongest on the day by winning the ‘Tug of Law’.
Tug of Law winners – Addleshaw Goddard and DLA Piper lawyers
Paul Aber, regional director of The College of Law, said: “It was good to welcome so many teams from across the region to our Sports Day as the College celebrates 20 years in York. The event is an opportunity to enjoy a great day of sport and fun while making a few new friends and contacts along the way.
“Our Sports Day is growing in popularity and size annually and a huge thank you goes to the College staff and students, who worked so hard to make to make the event happen, to the teams and visitors for taking the time out to come along and play or spectate and to our sponsors DLA Piper and NatWest, whose support is essential to the success of the day.”
The event also went down well with the participants. Jen Morris, a solicitor with DLA Piper said: “The College of Law Sports Day is a great opportunity to meet potential future colleagues and informally network with other firms. I couldn't wait to come back this year.” Tamar Burton, a member of the University of York Student Law Society, added: “This was an excellent opportunity to talk to trainee solicitors and College staff in a fun environment.”
Participants also included Hull and Newcastle universities and law firms Eversheds, Olswang, Forsters, Sintons, Gordons and Harrowells.