Congratulations to the boys from 3 Serjeants' Inn, who emerged victorious from a sun-baked The Lawyer Legal Fives football tournament on Sunday 16 July.
As the temperature soared into the 30s, it became obvious the eighth Legal Fives competition would be a test of stamina as much as footballing ability. Still, the teams in all six competitions (for the first time the tournament also featured a women's netball competition), put in a valiant effort in the sub-Saharan-style conditions and produced play worthy of the World Cup itself: Switzerland v Ukraine anyone? All sections of the legal community were represented: the bar, top 100 firms, US firms and small regional players. In the men's competition, the team from Squire Sanders was the only one to win all of its group games. Media darlings Wiggin racked up a total of 18 goals, while in the Cup quarter-finals there were two closely contested penalty shoot-outs.
The Practical Law Company eventually knocked Squires out of the tournament and newcomer Poppleston Allen did the same to SJ Berwin. Sadly thelawyer.com, which had put in a series of terrific performances, also lost out in the quarter-finals.
The Cup semis saw no-nonsense 2-0 wins, with Poppleston Allen beating Olswang and 3 Serjeants' Inn doing similar business to the Practical Law Company. But the writing was on the wall for any keen-eyed observer, as 3 Serjeants' Inn simply got better and better as the day went on. The team stormed through the final with a 5-1 defeat of Poppleston Allen to take its first-ever The Lawyer Legal Fives title.
The Plate Competition was a well fought out battle and any one of the quarter-finalists could have come through to take the title. 1 Temple Gardens secured their place in the final after defeating Shepherd & Wedderburn in a penalty shoot out, while Shadbolt & Co blasted a 3-0 victory against Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Congratulations to first-time Legal Fives Plate winners, 1 Temple Gardens.protecting his client's money, or that move to More London is costing a little more than we thought."
The spy added he'd also spotted SJ Berwin property partner John Vivian "hailing a taxi". SJ Berwin average profitability £670,000; Lawrence Graham £465,000. Travelcards all round down the Strand?