The members of Hertfordshire Law Society come from all over the county and north London. Because of the geographical spread, networking has traditionally been confined to training seminars or at local area drinks meetings. The Annual Dinner is the one large event of the year where the great and the good of the Hertfordshire legal community come together to wine and dine and to meet friends and colleagues, old and new.
A key part of my role in organising the dinner was to secure sponsorship which allowed me to introduce little extras and to add a much-needed professional edge to the event. They were relatively small but made a noticeable difference; I recommended an excellent independent florist who provided wonderful displays at reduced cost, ordered little branded boxes of chocolates for each guest, and booked a renowned jazz band for the after dinner entertainment.
The black tie event is a charming combination of ceremony, dining and entertainment. The ability to choreograph the evening’s full programme – pre-dinner drinks, top table parade, the welcome speeches, the toasts, after dinner speaker and entertainment – was crucial to its success.
Judie was involved from the initial scoping of the venue, and throughout the detailed planning of the event. She offered a complete service and organised everything for us. Her attention to detail, good humour and ‘can do’ attitude was what made the difference, and the success of the event was in no small part down to Judie!
President, Hertfordshire Law Society