5RB hosted its annual charity pub quiz last night, to raise funds for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
Teams from many leading media organisations and solicitors firms entered 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 added to their string of previous victories in 2008 and 2009.
Davenport Lyons and MGN were second by a whisker from PSB Law who came in third.
The evening raised a further £4,000 for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and FRU thanks to the generosity of the competing teams. John Sizer (who co-writes and compères the quiz) and Desmond Browne QC, 5RB’s joint head of chambers will be attending FRU and Bar Pro Bono’s "Friends in Law" event on Monday 27 February in recognition of the event’s fundraising endeavours over the years.
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.
The complete results were:
(1) Taylor Wessing / Associated  (2) Davenport Lyons / MGN  (3) PSB Law [85.5] (4) Bindmans  (5=) Eversheds [84.5] (5=) Withers [84.5] (6)Collyer Bristow  (7) Wiggin / Hiscox [82.5] (8) Times / Bates Wells Braithwaite  (9) RPC [81.5] (10) Olswang [79.5] (11) Carter Ruck  (12) BHA [78.5] (13) Simons Muirhead [77.5] (14) Lee and Thompson  (15) Schillings [73.5] (16=) Farrers [71.5] (16=) Bar Pro Bono / Fru [71.5] (17) Aslan Charles Kousetta / C4 [68.5]