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Lawyers: If you can’t stand the heat…

As Felicity Gerry QC battled with sirens from Grand Connaught Rooms' kitchen, a number of big name firms were fighting fires of their own. John van der Luit-Drummond writes

27 May 2016

Things we learned at this week's Solicitors Journal Awards: Andrew Marr is a rock star; in-house legal teams can compete with their private sector counterparts; and Felicity Gerry QC will not be silenced by anything - not even a false fire alarm.

Picking a keynote speaker for a showpiece event is a daunting prospect. Do you fork out for a well-known comedian who will likely spend the night insulting your honoured guests with clichéd lawyer jokes, or engage the services of one of the country's leading political journalists? Judging by the number of lawyers desperate for a selfie with Andrew Marr, we chose wisely.

In fact, the only person to grab more attention than Marr was Gerry, who was mobbed with well-wishers following her win for Legal Personality of the Year. Even as a fire alarm tried to disrupt proceedings, the 36 Bedford Row silk showered praise on her team from the landmark J...

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