On Friday 7 June 2019, colleagues from Co-op Legal Services' Family Law team attended a Law Society Ball organised by the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division.
The James Bond themed charity ball was held in aid of a charitable organisation called OTR. This is a mental health social movement which provides support to thousands of vulnerable young people throughout Bath and North East Somerset. OTR provides people aged 11-25 with access to advice, support and counselling services in the area.
The event was held in Bristol by the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division, which is a group of junior lawyers, paralegals, trainee solicitors and newly qualified solicitors based in and around Bristol.
The evening involved raffles, charity competitions, a three-course meal and a disco. Some of the Co-op Legal Services attendees were even lucky winners in the raffle!
Trainee Solicitor, Rebecca Bates, and Family Law Case Manager, Emma Neal, who attended the event said:
"It was reassuring to know that our contributions throughout the evening were going directly to a very worthwhile cause. The event was also a great opportunity to meet and network with other junior lawyers from a number of Bristol law firms and barrister chambers. We gained valuable insight into different areas of law to those we work in on a day-to-day basis."
As well as raising £3,882.13 for OTR, the event also raised awareness of this organisation and the vital work they do for young people in our community.
Head of Family Law, Tracey Moloney, actively encourages junior member of her team to attend social and networking events. She said:
"The prospect of networking or socialising with other lawyers can be daunting for junior lawyers. Even social events can sometimes be a very academic arena. Attending these events enables junior lawyers to gain confidence and insight. It also provides an opportunity to talk to other junior lawyers about qualifying as a Solicitor and the various career paths that present themselves."