The bar was always going to be favourite to hold its nerve in a game decided on penalties and as it turned out this belief was well founded. Birmingham set No5 became the first barristers’ chambers to triumph at TheLawyer.com’s annual legal fives tournament, after a hotly contested final against perennial favourites Squire & Co. At full-time the scores were tied at 1-1, but one successful finish proved decisive, as both sides missed all five other penalty attempts.
The set’s victory was orchestrated by midfield maestro, chambers director and player of the tournament Tony McDaid. Commentators described his performance as reminiscent of a classy Dennis Wise. He certainly bore the scars of battle – grazed knees and elbows – which he proudly displayed at the Institute of Barrister’s Clerks annual dinner the following week.
The result left Squire & Co as runners-up for the second time. Not that anyone at The Lawyer was mourning their defeat, as the firm had unceremoniously dumped both our teams out of the tournament. In the ladies competition, the Lovellies (oh yes, they were) triumphed over Linklaters.
The winners of the also-rans cups – sorry, ‘the Plate Cups’ – were, in the men’s, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, and in the women’s, Hammonds.