One phone will boldly go where no voicemail has gone before after The Lawyer Awards tonight, with a personal voicemail message from Sir Patrick Stewart among the raffle prizes up for grabs.
Stewart has offered the prize to raise money for UK domestic violence charity Refuge, the charity partner for The Lawyer Awards 2014.
The world-renowned actor became a patron of Refuge in 2007, shortly after he spoke about his own experiences of domestic violence for Amnesty International.
In 2009 he launched a scholarship with the University of Huddersfield to fund post-graduate study into domestic violence, and has since voiced concern that ongoing cuts to public spending will threaten life-saving domestic violence services. According to a 2012 report, thirty-one percent of funding to the domestic violence sector from local authorities was cut between 2010/11 to 2011/12.
His voice is one of the world’s most recognised, with Sir Patrick Stewart best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and as a number of classical stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Other prizes in tonight’s raffle include a Prada handbag, a three-course lunch, London Eye tickets and a Sony Playstation 3.
The winner will be announced during tonight’s glittering ceremony tonight (25 June) at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, where shortlisted firms in a raft of categories will find out if they have won the top prize in the legal industry. The Lawyer Awards is sponsored by Travelers.