Owen White’s dispute resolution team wins £1,000 for Slough homeless charity

Owen White’s dispute resolution team wins £1,000 for Slough homeless charity

We are delighted to report that members of our disputes resolution team recently dug deep both mentally and creatively to win a quiz night organised by London barristers’ Chambers Hardwicke. The quiz came with a very generous prize of £1,000 that has been donated to SHOC (Slough Homeless Our Concern). The charity is close to the hearts of everyone at Owen White as Russell Ford, head of our disputes resolution team, was a former trustee of its sister charity,Trinity Homeless Projects.

SHOC have recently been in the news as comedian and activist Russell Brand has started a petition, calling on Slough Borough Council to reassign a council-owned property for the charity to operate from, from April 2018 when they are due to be made homeless themselves. View the petition and videos from campaigner Brand here.

The annual quiz event, held at Balls Brothers in Shoe Lane, London, included 15 teams from various legal practices across the UK, taking part in the eight-round challenge. Two of the rounds involved sculpting objects out of plasticine, which the Owen White team won with their model of a tiara in response to the instruction, ‘Make a gift for Meghan and Harry’s Wedding’.

The Owen White team was made up of:

Russell Ford (head of dispute resolution) Lynsey Smith (associate), Alicia West (assistant solicitor), Ewan Gadsden (trainee solicitor) and trainees Ceyda Sam and Catherine Morris. Their numbers were swelled with two additional team members from hosts Hardwicke, barrister Alexander Bastin and Rupert Higgins.

Of the team’s unexpected win Russell said,

‘Our thanks to Hardwicke for organising such a great event and of course for their very generous donation of £1,000 as first prize. We were absolutely thrilled to win, especially as we only came fourth last year; making that call to SHOC to tell them that a thousand pounds was on its way to them was very pleasing.’

He continued,

‘In an irony that is almost shocking, SHOC, a charity devoted to caring for those who find themselves homeless, will themselves be made homeless after April 2018. We very much hope that this small donation will go some way to helping them resolve this situation.’

ENDS                                                                                                                            31 January 2018