Football friendly

The Lawyer Fives five-a-side football championship on Sunday (3 July) once again gave some of the legal market’s most highly tuned athletes the chance to show off their silky skills. Teams from all sectors – magic circle, US firms, barristers chambers and even the Metropolitan Police – converged on the Powerleague Five-A-Side Centre in Mill Hill to compete.

Hosts The Lawyer entered two teams, both of which made it through the first qualifying round to the main cup competition. Both then promptly lost to the eventual finalists, Howard Kennedy and the Practical Law Company (PLC). As one onlooker remarked, the final was “a test of heart rather than skill”, and it was the rough, tough team from Howard Kennedy that emerged victorious on the day, beating PLC 2-0. Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, the Ashursts Astras triumphed 1-0 in an equally hard-fought tussle with the ‘Lovellies’.

The Top Scorer Awards were won by Harriet Hughes of Trowers & Hamlins, who notched an incredible 20 goals, and David King of Howard Kennedy, who put away nine. The Womens’ Player of the Tournament Award went to Elaine Penrose of the Lovellies, while the Mens’ Player of the Tournament was Alysson Batista of TheLawyer.com.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the teams that took part on the day.