Cake and conversation were on the menu this Valentine’s Day for a leading North East law firm.
In support of the Great Legal Bake, Newcastle-based Ward Hadaway supported the national event by organising team cake sales across the business.
As well as celebrating the event, the aim of the cake sales was to bring people together from different departments to catch up and enjoy a conversation over a delicious piece of homemade cake. In the firm’s Leeds office, the bakers even welcomed Great British Bake Off alumni Howard Middleton and Sandy Docherty to judge their creations.
The Great Legal Bake was developed by the Access for Justice Foundation and its network of regional Legal Support Trusts. The charity raises funds to provide grants for local legal advice and supports people in need, who have experienced employment, housing and disability injustice.
Michelle Fleming, a solicitor at Ward Hadaway in Newcastle, said: “It’s vital to raise awareness of the work not-for-profit organisations like the Access for Justice Foundation do, because they provide a lifeline to so many people in need by funding free and accessible legal advice.
“It’s an event we’ve supported before but this year we wanted to do something a little different to help profile the great work of the Foundation as well as raise as much money as possible. The money raised goes to our local branch of the Foundation, directly reaching those in our local communities who need it most. For example, our funds help smaller charity groups, citizen’s advice bureaus and other support networks that work in court to offer help to those who appear in court without any legal provision.”
Laura Cassidy, Fundraising and Development Manager at the Access for Justice Foundation, said: “It’s wonderful to see such a prestigious law firm like Ward Hadaway get involved in our Great Legal Bake event. Last year, we raised nearly £40,000 overall from all those who took part in the event which provided much needed funds for our charity. Every penny really does count and we’re looking forward to beating that total in 2020. Thank you, Ward Hadaway for your support.”
In the Leeds office, the competition was judged by Great British Bake Off alumni Howard Middleton and Sandy Docherty, who now works with Bake With a Legend, where he teaches baking classes around the country, said: “It was great to judge Ward Hadaway’s Great Legal Bake. From the range of entries which included Russian Honey Cake, Peasant Cake and White Chocolate Fudge Cake, it was clear that their legal expertise isn’t the only talent they possess – they have some very keen, and able, bakers among them too.
“It was a tough decision, but Sandy and I agreed the Lemon and White Chocolate Drizzle Cake by Lucinda Peters, was the overall winner not just for the wonderful presentation of the finished cake but because she nailed the taste and texture so well. Well done, Lucinda. Such a great cause to be involved in.”