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ILG annual dinner

22 October 2013

ILG annual dinner report by ILG Committee member, Alistair Young.

"Celebrating in-house success" was the theme of the ILG annual dinner 2013, which took place on Friday 4 October in the elegant settings of the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. A total of 117 in-house lawyers, private practice lawyers and other guests donned their finest clothes for a night of wining, dining, awards, raffle prizes and above all networking. The dinner is very much designed to encourage networking between in-house and private practice lawyers for our mutual benefit.

A drinks reception, sponsored by Wesleyan for Lawyers, got the evening off to a sparkling start. ILG Chair Lynda Towers welcomed everyone, saying: "In-house lawyers may be a quarter of the profession but we do work in very different sectors and don't always get the chance to relax with our private sector colleagues…We may do different things and call ourselves private practice or in-house lawyers…but put together to draw on our different qualities, we are always stronger." A guest from south of the border, Mark Harvey, who is the Chairman of the Commerce & Industry Group, gave the Selkirk Grace.

After a delicious dinner, it was time to announce our ILG Rising Star 2013. Then a series of great prizes, many donated by ILG Committee members and Law Society staff, were handed out in a charity raffle which raised an impressive £1,800 for the Law Society's chosen charity for 2013, Alzheimer Scotland. Lynda said some closing words of thanks. With the formalities over, it was time to continue the networking through in the bar area until the early hours, accompanied by the sound of live jazz music.

As ever, the dinner went by in a flash and a good time was had by all! Pictures of the evening, taken by our in-house photographer extraordinaire and ILG Committee member, Alistair Young.