Sydney Mitchell recently held its first Buddy Bag Brigade at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Solihull.  Sydney Mitchell chose The Buddy Bag Foundation as one of their nominated charities for 2019 with the aim of helping children affected by violence at home; it really does pull at the heart strings.

Buddy Bag Brigade Sydney Mitchell LLP Charity EventA group of 25 volunteers from Sydney Mitchell and the Crowne Plaza Hotel packed almost 2500 items into 180 bags for the children at the Buddy Brigade.

Each Buddy Bag packed by the team goes to local women’s and men’s refuges for the children who are often unable to take any personal belongings with them when removed from the family home after experiencing traumatic events.  The Buddy bags are designed to give a little bit of pleasure and comfort to a child at such a terrible time for them and contain items such as pyjamas underwear, some toiletries, a book, notepad, a cuddly toy and something to play with – at a time when they are often frightened and afraid.

Sarah Archer, Partner, Sydney Mitchell commented:

We were all deeply moved when Chris and Karen Williams talked to us about the charity and the great work they do with women’s and men’s refuges in the region.

The thanks they receive from the children and their parents is heart-warming.  We hope that our effort goes just a little way to give some comfort to the children when they arrive at the shelters.  Just a few thoughtful items can make a difference at a hard time in their life.

A lot of emotion went into packing the bags with such personal items; we were all very glad to have given our time to help such a worthy cause and would encourage others to do so. We wish all those affected by trauma and tragedy in the home, safety and security during their times of need.

Chris Williams, Co-Founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation, said:

It’s not just the messages of thanks we receive from the children that makes our efforts so worthwhile but also the positive impact and the wonderful feeling that our volunteers get from being involved in a team building event with purpose. Thank you ‘Team Sydney Mitchell’ you’ve made a difference to 180 frightened children.

Nicola Corfield, Sales Manager, Crowne Plaza Solihull added:

We were really pleased to support Sydney Mitchell and the Buddy Bag Foundation on the day and to understand more about the work of this wonderful charity. It is important to all of the team at the Crowne Plaza Solihull that we are there to support our local community and charities.

Legal 500 Top Tier Law Firm Sydney Mitchell is an award winning Midlands based firm with specialist legal teams that include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation and insolvency. Private client teams include family law, residential property, dispute resolution, immigration and wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury. Sydney Mitchell LLP has been providing legal advice in the Midlands for over 250 years.

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For further information, please contact:

Linda Heyworth, Senior Marketing Manager

Tel – 0121 746 3300    Mobile: 0777 279 5041

Email – l.heyworth@sydneymitchell.co.uk

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All staff taking part in the Buddy Bag Brigade, Sydney Mitchell LLP

From left to right…

Anne Breslin, Hayley Caprani-Warner, Gemma Parker, Julian Milan, Linda Heyworth, Sophie Thomas, Debbie Williams, Roy Colaba, Miranda Buttler, Emma-Louise Hewitt, Kiran Siddiq, Jessela Adjei, Wendy Bencens, Hayley Burrill, Teresa Mannion, Mike Sutton, Sarah Archer, Nicola Corfield, Melissa Southall and Aniqa Basharit

About Sydney Mitchell:

Sydney Mitchell is a Midlands based award winning law firm, with offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley with additional facilities in Sutton Coldfield. Offering a range of specialist legal services for both businesses and individuals, Sydney Mitchell is listed in the Top Tier of the Legal 500, Lexcel accredited and won the Law Firm of the Year in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2008 (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards. 

The firm’s specialist teams include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation and insolvency. Private client teams include family law, residential property, dispute resolution, immigration and wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury. Sydney Mitchell LLP has been providing legal advice in the Midlands for over 250 years.
l.heyworth@sydneymitchell.co.uk  @SydneyMitchell_   www.sydneymitchell.co.uk

About the Buddy Bag Foundation

The Buddy Bag Foundation was created in response to the rising number of children who enter emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home.  The Foundation helps restore a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time.  By providing these children with a few essential items, the charity can help make the transition into emergency care a little easier.  Over 48000 children require emergency accommodation each year in the UK.  Founder Karen Williams launched the Buddy Bag foundation in 2014 after being inspired by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in Australia. hello@buddybagfoundation.co.uk
www.buddybagfoundation.co.uk @buddybagsuk Charity No. 1164916

About the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Crowne Plaza Solihull is set in the heart of Solihull and just 5 miles from the NEC and Birmingham Airport. The hotel offers a range of bedroom types, 12 meeting rooms, a heated swimming pool and a lakeside terrace restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout and free on-site parking is available. The hotel has a range of conference facilities including 12 meeting rooms which can hold up to 200 delegates. The on-site leisure club, Club Moativation has a heated indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and fully equipped gym. Crowne Plaza Solihull is located 1 miles from the M42 motorway junction 5. Solihull train station is a 10-minute walk from the property.
https://www.crowneplaza.com/hotels/gb/en/solihull/

West Midlands law firm, Sydney Mitchell has been short-listed in the medium size law firm of the year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards for the second year running. The medium law firm of the year category, which is open to all law firms in England & Wales with between 5 and 29 partners, is judged on matters such as professional excellence, staff engagement and development, business and client acquisitions.

Sydney Mitchell Shortlisted in Excellence Awards 2019

 

Senior Partner, Sydney Mitchell LLP, Karen Moores commented,

We have had a fantastic year and it is wonderful that the Law Society has recognised our success by short-listing our firm in their national awards. It is also amazing to have been short-listed in these Awards for the second year running and I would like to thank all of our clients and staff for all of their support.

Sydney Mitchell is the only law firm based in the West Midlands within this category and so will be waving the flag for the West Midlands legal community at the Law Society Legal Excellent Awards ceremony which takes place in London on 23 October 2019.

The Law Society president Simon Davis said:

There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession. The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law.

Sydney Mitchell is a Midlands based award winning law firm, with offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley with additional facilities in Sutton Coldfield. Offering a range of specialist legal services for both businesses and individuals, Sydney Mitchell is listed in the Top Tier of the Legal 500, Lexcel accredited and won the Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2008.
 
The firm’s specialist teams include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation and insolvency. Private client teams include family law, immigration, residential property, dispute resolution and wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury.
 

Full details of all shortlisted ... https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/events/excellence-awards/shortlist/#

More details can be found on the Law Gazette article link ...

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/shortlist-announced-for-13th-law-society-excellence-awards/5071160.article

Sydney MItchell Yorkshire 3 Peaks ChallengeOn the 6 July a team of four intrepid climbers from Sydney Mitchell Solicitors will take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. 12 hours, 3 Peaks, 64 pairs of socks and an abundance of plasters, is in between them and victory.

They are taking on this gruelling challenge to raise funds for two worthy causes, Age UK Solihull and The Buddy Bag Foundation.

Age UK Solihull is a charity with a mission to improve the lives of older people within the Solihull Borough. Age UK Solihull provides many services including social clubs and befriending programmes to tackle feelings of isolation and loneliness many within the older generation are going through.

Please click on the following link to learn more: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/solihull/about-us/

The Buddy Bag Foundation provides comfort to children who enter emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home. Buddy bags help to restore a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time.

To learn more about The Buddy Bag Foundation click on the following link: https://buddybagfoundation.co.uk/our-mission/

To sponsor our “Peaky climbers” in their aim to raise money for these two charites please click on the link below and donate, all donations are welcome.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/PeakyClimbers-Sydneymitchell

Watch out for more information. Hour by hour coverage will be posted on the 6 July on our Facebook page @SydneyMitchellSolicitors

Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball 22 November 2019

We are all looking forward to the Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball on Friday 22 November 2019, not long to go now.

Follow the event on night on Twitter and Linkedin - #smcharityball2019

The Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball is in aid of the Buddy Bag Foundation and the Age UK Solihull charities and is to be held at the National Conference Centre (also known as the National Motorcycle Museum).

It will be a great night of entertainment with live music from GrooveZoo, 'fun' casino tables plus opportunities to win some fabulous prizes and a little fun entertainment with 'tops and tails'.Groove Zoo

TICKETS

Everyone is welcome. Tickets are available individually at £60 plus VAT and also in tables of ten (£600 plus VAT) or twelve (£720 plus VAT) plus Eventbrite fees.

RAFFLE

If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, receive further information or to reserve your ticket for the event, please call Linda Heyworth or Aniqa Basharit on 0121 746 3300 for more information. (Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Mitchell LLP).

EVENTBRITE BOOKING LINK

HOTELS IN THE AREA

There are many hotels in the local area, however the National Conference Centre own two hotels locally. For anyone wishing to stay overnight The Manor Hotel and the Windmill Village Hotel have given a discounted rate for those attending the charity ball.  Please quote Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball when booking to ensure you gain your discount.

The hotels have limited availability for the 22nd November - offer for those attending the event:

  • Windmill Village Hotel  £95 single £105 Double
  • Manor Hotel  £129 single £139 Double

Prices include breakfast, service, VAT and carparking... early booking advised.
Please note credit card details will be required when booking to secure your room.

Follow the event on Twitter and Linkedin - hashtag - #smcharityball2019

Read more about our charities...

https://buddybagfoundation.co.uk/

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/solihull/


 

Chocolate bouquet raffle at Movers and Shakers Event oct 2019Winners of the Chocolate bouquet

The Sydney Mitchell LLP professional networking event 'Movers and Shakers' at Purnell's Bistro in Birmingham, held a guess the number raffle at October event in aid of one of the firm's chosen charities Age UK Solihull.  The Winner was Paul Sargent from Brewin Dolphin and John Shackleton of Heritage Financial.

Over 50 guests attended the event and as always the food was excellent as always from the chef at Purnells.  Guests remarked on the quality of the food and the vibrancy of the event.

All pictures from the event can be seen on the link below.

Pictures Link

 

Sydney Mitchell LLP, Top Tier Legal 500 Law Firm, has been short-listed for 2019 Solihull Chamber of Commerce Awards in the Large Firm of the Year category.

Senior Partner, Karen Moores, commented:

We are proud to see the firm shortlisted for the 2019 Solihull Chamber Business Awards in the Large Firm of the Year Award category.

The partners and staff have worked hard over the years to build the firm to where it is today. We believe we give back to the local communities in supporting local projects and pride ourselves in delivering high quality services to our clients. 

We would like to congratulate all of those who have been shortlisted in the Awards and thank the Chamber for their continued support and development in the region.

Sydney Mitchell is a Midlands based award winning law firm, with offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley with additional facilities in Sutton Coldfield. Offering a range of specialist legal services for both businesses and individuals, Sydney Mitchell is listed in the Top Tier of the Legal 500, Lexcel accredited and won the Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2008.

The firm’s specialist teams include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation and insolvency. Private client teams include family law, residential property, dispute resolution, immigration, wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury.

For more details about the awards …

THE SHORTLIST

Outstanding Large Business of the Year - Sponsored by Jask Creative

Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel

Prime Accountants Group

SG Fleet

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Thursfields

Outstanding Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Omni Cyber Security

Eric Lyons Fine Food Specialists

Indico Street Kitchen & Bar

Jask Creative

Morgan Parkes Recruitment Ltd

The Marketing Pod

Outstanding Start-Up Business of the Year

JAMAYA

Living Space Housing

Redknows

Vincent BMR Limited

Outstanding Contribution to the Community - Sponsored by Telephone Europe

Hogarths Hotel Solihull

Solihull BID

Solihull Moors

Solihull Specsavers Ltd

Touchwood

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Plum Personnel

Ollie Bethell, Leap IT Ltd

Katie Harrington, KE247 Staffing Solutions

Richard Scott, Solihull School

Sophie Corr, ARUP

Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year - Sponsored by Millennium Point

Joseph Vaughan, 1683 Chocolate Place

Kristiana Briede, Jask Creative

Matt Hartas, The Wilkes Partnership

Oliver Deverall, BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Solihull Business Person of the Year - Sponsored by Western Union

Natalie Taylor Herrick, Taylor Herrick Recruitment

Dr Lorraine Hill, Hampton Clinic

Pawan Kenth, Asha’s Restaurant/Corporate Wear UK

Tony Elvin, Touchwood

Outstanding Charity of the Year

Arrive Alive

Baby Lifeline

Breast Cancer Haven

Get A-Head Charity

Help Harry Help Others

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Over 50 Midlands’ professionals met at Sydney Mitchell’s ‘Movers & Shakers’ Networking Event at Purnell’s Bistro at Ginger’s Bar.  Excelling with new delights, Michelin starred restaurateur Glynn Purnell and his highly skilled team delivered tantalising fare.

Sydney Mitchell’s Head of Family, Karen Moores commented:

"Great company and great food from the team at Purnell's; the relaxed relationship buildng event that gives fellow professionals across the city a chance to catch up and build their connections."

The next event is on 6 August 2019.
 

Teresa Manion, Karen Moores, Sydney MItchell LLP and Karen Williams Buddy Bag Foundation

New Immigration Team Andre Minnaar Melissa Southall with Shoab Shafiq Sydney Mitchell - Movers and Shakers professional networking event

 

More pictures from the event - Link

Over 65 attended the Sydney Mitchell LLP ‘Movers & Shakers’ Midlands Networking event at Ginger’s Bar, Purnell’s Bistro in Newhall Street Birmingham.

Karen Moores, Partner said: “An excellent turnout; with many guests commenting on the relaxed atmosphere and the good cross–section of professionals joining in from the city. The food as always was superb; provided by Glyn Purnell and his team.”

Sydney Mitchell specialist teams include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation, insolvency, licensing and gambling law. Private client teams include family law, residential property, dispute resolution and wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury.

Pictures - link

 

 

 


 

Cornwall Street Barristers - Winners 2019 Sydney Mitchell Charity Quiz

Leading West Midlands’ law firm Sydney Mitchell celebrated their 11th successful quiz at The Studio in Birmingham, raising over £3000 for its nominated charities. 90 people took part in the action packed Quiz with Stoo Pittaway, of SpeedQuizzing as Guest Quizmaster. It was a fast and furious event with a few twists. Teams were able to buy chance cards, giving teams the opportunity to leap to first place, add or deduct 10-30 points during the competition.

The winner of the much coveted Sydney Mitchell Charity Quiz Trophy for 2019 was Cornwall Street Barristers ‘Cornwall St Quizzers’ who were fast and accurate on the buzzers in the last round despite Dains ‘the Forlorn Hope’ fleetingly jumping to first place after the chance cards had been applied.  Close on their heels in 2nd place was No. 5 Chambers ‘Hoof Hearted’ and in 3rd place Eastcote Wealth ‘11 Donald Trump’s IQ’.  Voted best team name waswon by Brewin Dolphin with ‘Don’t EU love me baby?’. 

Karen Moores, Sydney Mitchell Partner, commented:

We look forward to the quiz each year and it is great to see so many regular supporters coming year after year.  Overall we raised over £3000 from entry fees, raffle and the Chance Cards sold.  We thank everyone for their support and to Cornwall Street Barristers for the hamper raffle prize. It was great fun and raising money for two fantastic causes.

Angela Henry, Trustee of the Buddy Bag Foundation, thanked all for supporting the fundraising for their charity.

 Thank you to Sydney Mitchell for choosing us as their chosen charity. It is so great to be able to help youngsters flea perilous situations at home and the foundation would not be able to function without the generous support from our sponsors and fundraisers.

Rebecca Jacob, Digital Marketing and Fundraising Officer for Age UK Solihull, addressed all quizzers:

We are proud to be able to help our older and vulnerable residents in Solihull and Age UK Solihull would not be able to do this without the support of you all at events such as the Sydney Mitchell Charity quiz.

Sydney Mitchell is a Midlands based award winning law firm, with offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley with additional facilities in Sutton Coldfield. Offering a range of specialist legal services for both businesses and individuals, Sydney Mitchell is listed in the Top Tier of the Legal 500, Lexcel accredited and has been shortlisted for Regional Law Firm of the Year in 2019; having previously won the award in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2008 (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

The firm’s specialist teams include employment, commercial property, company and commercial services, litigation and insolvency. Private client teams include family law, residential property, dispute resolution and wills and probate, tax and trusts and personal injury.

Pictures from the event - Sydney Mitchell 11th Charity Quiz 2019
Winners, 2nd Place and 3rd Place plus voted Best Team Name:


Cornwall Street Barristers - Winners 2019 Sydney Mitchell Charity Quiz1st Prize - Cornwall St Barristers – Karen Moores, Partner presented Champagne to Winners
(Andrew Tucker, Karen Moores, Georgia Griffiths and Simon Bradshaw) (Cornwall Street Quizzers)

No 5 Chambers - 2nd place - Sydney Mitchell Charity Quiz 20192nd Prize -   No. 5 Chambers - Eamon Hurley-Flynn, Gemma Roberts, Peter Mottram and Karen Moores Sydney Mitchell LLP (Hoof Hearted)

Eastcote Wealth - 3rd Place - Sydney Mitchell charity quiz 20193rd Prize – Eastcote Wealth - Ben Brayshaw, Rob Kenyon, Alex Haynes, Karen Moores (Sydney Mitchell LLP) (Donald Trump’s IQ)

 

best Team Name winners - Brewin Dolphin - Sydney Mitchell charity Quiz 2019Brewin Dolphin – Paul Fielding, Paul Hepherd, Debbie Liburne and Paul Sargent -  Don’t EU love me baby?  Best Team name presented by Stoo Pittaway

Scores Sydney Mitchell Charity quiz 2019

About our charities
Age UK Solihull
Age UK – Solihull provides help and support to older people in the borough of Solihull. The Vision of Age UK Solihull is of a world where older people flourish and our Mission is to improve the lives of all older people in the borough. The Core, Central Library Building, Solihull, B91 3RG
0121 704 7840 info@ageuksolihull.org.uk  @ageuksolihull Charity number 1055887

Buddy Bag Foundation
The Buddy Bag Foundation was created in response to the rising number of children who enter emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home.  The Foundation helps restore a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time.  By providing these children with a few essential items, the charity can help make the transition into emergency care a little easier.  Over 48000 children require emergency accommodation each year in the UK.  Founder Karen Williams launched the Buddy Bag foundation in 2014 after being inspired by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in Australia. hello@buddybagfoundation.co.uk
www.buddybagfoundation.co.uk @buddybagsuk Charity No. 1164916

Merry Christmas from all at Syndey Mitchell LLP

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