Previous Events – 2022

Great Legal Charity Quiz – 30 November 2022



The Huddersfield & Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society and the University of Hudddersfield Law School came together to host the the Great Legal Charity Quiz on Wednesday 30 November at Smile Bar at Aspley.

The winners were the team from Switalskis Solicitors with a very impressive score of 84!

The quiz raised funds for pro bono charities, the Access to Justice Foundation (£150) and LawWorks & Advocate (£150) as well as a charity raffle that raised £140 for LawWorks and Advocate.

Thank you to all firms who attended!


141st Annual General Meeting – 24th November 2022



The 141st AGM was held at the offices Chadwick Lawrence. The outgoing President, Alastair James of Ramsdens Solicitors hosted a lunch for members before the meeting commenced.

Ellie Hirst of Chadwick Lawrence was elected as President and Jamie Humpheson of Eaton Smith Solicitors was elected as Vice President. Natalie Prowse of the University of Huddersfield was re-elected as Honorary Secretary and Sarah Power of Chadwick Lawrence was re-elected as Honorary Treasurer.

Thank you to all members who attended.

Notice of AGM


University of Huddersfield Mooting Competition – 3rd November 2022

Our immediate part president, James Staton of Schofield Sweeney Solicitors, presided over the University of Huddersfield’s first mooting competition of the academic year.

The scenario was a breach of contract claim involving issues in relation to implied terms, promissory estoppel and guarantees.  For the purpose of the moot, Jim Staton, who celebrated being admitted as a solicitor 40 years ago on 1 November, was elevated to the appellate bench.   The three teams were acting for the first appellant, a print company which was appealing against findings against it in relation to a contract for the supply of books and a director for that company who was appealing against the decision that she had guaranteed the company’s performance with the respondent, a publisher, contesting the appeals.

Having heard from the two sets of appellants represented by leading and junior counsel in each case, Jim Staton found in favour of the appellants, overturning the lower court verdicts on each of the three points which came before him.



Annual Dinner at John Smith’s Stadium – Friday 14th October 2022




Our Annual Dinner took place at The John Smith’s Stadium on 14 October 2022.

Our President, Alastair James of Ramsdens Solicitors and Vice President, Ellie Hirst of Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors both gave speeches before our guest speaker addressed our members – Barrister Shaun Wallace of Great James Street Chambers, also known to many from ITV’s The Chase.

Thank you to our sponsors, Estate Search and Access Legal for supporting our event.



North Eastern Circuit Annual Legal Service – 9 October 2022


Our President, Alastair James of Ramsdens Solicitors, took part in the Annual Legal Service and procession to open the legal year in York, along with our Past President, James Staton of Schofield Sweeney Solicitors.


Softball Competition – Outlane Cricket Club – Wednesday 20 July 2022  



The Annual Softball Competition returned on the day after the hottest day ever! The emergency rain quiz certainly was not needed.

Firms including Ramsdens, Eaton Smith, Ridley & Hall, Holden Smith and Walker Singleton put up the challenge, but the overall winners from Schofield Sweeney, who were presented with the competition’s original shield.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Holly Dale from our committee who organised the event.



Leeds Legal Walk – Monday 27 June 2022




Our committee members SallyAnn Masih and Jim Staton of  Schofield Sweeney LLP were joined by Chris Schofield to take part in the Leeds Legal Walk in aid of the Access to Justice Foundation.

The event itself had raised over £5,000 and our walkers raised £125. It is not too late to support them via our donation page



Round the Res Running & Walking Race Event – Thursday 19 May 2022




The hugely popular Round the Res event returned for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. Thank you to our committee member, SallyAnn Masih of Schofield Sweeney for organising the event, which took place at Scammonden Reservoir.

The event was run on a very hot evening with teams from local professionals including Schofield Sweeney, Ramsdens, Ridley & Hall, Chadwick Lawrence, Eaton Smith, Simpson Wood and Angela Viney Conveyancing Services. accountants, estate agents and licensed conveyancers.

Thank you to all the walkers, runners, supporters and dogs who braved the hot weather and congratulations to the winning runners from Schofield Sweeney and the winning walkers from Martin Thornton Estate Agents.


District Judge Woodhead’s Valediction – Wednesday 27 April 2022


Our President, Alastair James and our Honorary Secretary, Natalie Prowse, were pleased to be invited to attend District Judge Woodhead’s Valediction at Huddersfield County Court to mark her retirement.

Our Past President and Governor, Nigel Priestley MBE of Ridley & Hall, gave an address on behalf of the Society, together with DJ Gardner and Lady Justice King. District Judge Woodhead, formerly a Partner at Parker Bird Solicitors, has supported a number of our events including Q&A events and has also recently presided over a number of mooting competitions at the University of Huddersfield.


Fun Giant Games Event – Wednesday 16 February 2022 


Thanks to everyone who attended at our Fun Giant Games event – brilliant night and great to see so many firms represented. Thanks also to our accountancy colleagues for coming along too – you are always welcome! We had Connect 4, Jenga, Skittles, Batak, Basketball and Table Football!