5RB Charity Quiz 2009

Taylor Wessing and Associated Newspapers victorious for second year running

5RB hosted its annual charity pub quiz yesterday evening, to raise funds for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

Teams from leading media organisations and solicitors firms entered the competition to win the first prize of a case of champagne.

After seven rounds of media and entertainment related questions, the team from Taylor Wessing and Associated Newspapers were the winners, becoming the first team to achieve successive victories after winning the prize in 2008. The team from Davenport Lyons and Mirror Group Newspapers pipped Carter-Ruck into second place after winning a tie-break. Withers came fourth while Lee & Thompson and Steeles Law were joint fifth.

Chairman of the Bar and 5RB‘s joint head of Chambers Desmond Browne QC said: “We had another fantastic turn-out for our third annual quiz, with more participants than ever, in spite of the icy conditions. The evening raised a further £4,000 for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and FRU thanks to the generosity of our clients. We hope they enjoyed the evening as much as we did and that we will see everyone back next year.”

The Bar Pro Bono Unit is an independent charity which helps to match barristers prepared to undertake pro bono work with those who need their help. The Unit receives applications for assistance through advice agencies and solicitors and aims to help in cases where the applicant cannot afford to pay for the assistance sought or obtain public funding, has a meritorious case, and needs the help a barrister can provide.

FRU was founded in 1972 and is a registered charity. It provides legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in tribunal cases for those who could not otherwise obtain legal support, for want of personal means or public funding. To provide this service, FRU trains volunteer law students and legal professionals in the early stages of their careers in the skills required to give confident and competent support for the rights of others.