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Oct 13

News from our Ely Office

Our Ely office has become consolidated into the new firm with much interest and enthusiasm from the local community, and our valued clients.

The firm within Ely will continue to have a strong involvement in and commitment to good local projects, and has embarked on a number of activities during 2013.

In March, we organised a breakfast seminar at the Maltings, in which four of the firm’s lawyers delivered  presentations on a variety of practical legal topics to an audience of around 30 members of the local business community. Inspired by the success of the event, we hope to make it an annual exercise.

The following month saw the firm actively supporting the Ely Cathedral Business Exhibition, an annual initiative growing from strength to strength, giving an opportunity to put on display and outline the services we offer as well as exchanging views and information with a variety of local people.

In June a number of guests were invited to an early evening gathering at the Babylon Gallery in support of Ely’s local arts organisation ADEC. The highlight of the occasion was a stimulating talk from local auctioneer and “Antiques Roadshow” stalwart David Palmer, coinciding with ADEC’s own “Auctioned art” exhibition.

On 7th October we attended the Ely Business Awards evening  held in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral, having sponsored the category of “Medium Business of the Year”, a process which also involved judging the various entrants in that particular category. That in itself was a highly interesting exercise, and it was very pleasing to have the opportunity, on the night, to present to the winners, an Ely business called Wyvern DM.

We are delighted once again to be sponsor of the Arthur Rank Hospice Festive fun run, now in its fourth year. This event takes the form of a 5km race, or run, around a route within Ely, and as before our office in Market Place will host afterwards all those who have taken part, with mince pies and mulled wine to refresh and reward. Last year a record number, almost 200, participated in the run, and it is hoped on this next occasion that record can be broken, and more monies raised for the invaluable work of the Hospice.

The firm also continues its support and membership of Ely Youth Forum, a local initiative designed to promote and facilitate activities, support and guidance for the ever-growing younger members of the Ely community.

Since the formation of Ward Gethin Archer our lawyers have continued to accomplish in their own way, various skills and activities outside the workplace, and there has been no shortage during 2013.

The focus of such activities tending to be those requiring energy, Rachel Compton goes from strength to strength in the field of triathlon.  Michael Judkins managed just to maintain the achievement of under two hours in the local Grunty Fen half-marathon in September. The most notable achievement of the year so far, however, must be the scaling of Mount Kilimanjaro by John Thorogood on 3rd October. The final ascent, it is understood, was more stressful than any legal problem. John received a number of donations, in return for his efforts, towards the work of St Elizabeth’s Hospice in Ipswich, and has been able to give to the Hospice as a result the sum of £500.


John Thorogood at the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 2013