Posted by Richard Woodman, Partner
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Royds’ Employment Quiz Night
Summer finally arrived in time for the Royds Employment Team’s annual quiz night. Clients and friends of the Employment Department gathered over drinks and snacks to swop anecdotes and test their wider knowledge against the challenging questions posed by Quizmaster and Head of Employment Richard Woodman.
The inevitable moment of controversy was on a topical note: before Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012, who was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam title? Contrary to popular belief, it was not Virginia Wade or Andy Murray’s brother Jamie, but Jonathan Marray, who was half of the successful Men’s Doubles team at Wimbledon in 2012.
Bragging rights and bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne went to winners “Infinity”: Julie Norburn and Karen Rice (Banks Sadler), Susan Ball (Crowe Clark Whitehill), Andy Watson (Rupert Merson LLP), Ashley Nicholls (The Recruitment Site) and Royds’ Stephen Welfare, Alex Anastasiou and Anouksha Patel.
Second place was decided by a tie break question: in which year did MPs first receive a salary? Closest to the correct answer (1911) were “Creed Corner”, who took away bottles of wine: Caroline King (Colvestone Primary School), Yvonne Hawtin (Certitude), Peter Dutton , Kim Hollamby (Double First), Simon Rodderick (Fram Executive Search), Chris Lowry (Mercer & Hole), Charlotte Hadfield (3PB) and Royds’ Angela Stallard and Sonia Mohammed.
The “Naughty Nines” came a close third: Kerry Lee (PMC Retail), Gregory Chong and Mike Crellin (UHY Hacker Young), Lisa Roberts and Charlotte Wills (Fragomen) and Royds’ David Bowman, Vandana Chitroda and Claire Abraham. They received chocolates.
The wooden spoons were graciously accepted by “Let’s get Quizzical”: Neil Swift (Peters & Peters), David Boaden (National Australia Bank Group), Tony Conway (UBS) and law student daughter Lydia, Neil Odom-Haslett (Deutsche Pfanfbriefbank), Stephen Doran (HSBC Global Asset Management), Shane Hickey and Royds’ Employment Partner Caroline Doran.
The prize draw was won by Alison Le Gassick, who will put a Gordon Ramsay restaurant to the EAT taste test.
Our thanks to all our guests for making this event a fun and memorable night. We hope to see you again next year!
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