Guests from law firms Blake Morgan, Boodle Hatfield, Kuits and LK Shields made the short trip to the Isle of Man for the first ever ‘Next Generation’ event to be hosted by DQ Advocates. First up on the Friday evening was a drinks reception at DQ’s offices, followed by a meal at the popular ‘14 North’ restaurant on the quayside in Douglas, overlooking the harbour.
On Saturday the participants were treated to something a little bit different, in the form of coasteering around the rocks at the base of the historic Peel Castle, parts of which date back to the 10th century. Going coasteering means kitting up in a full wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid and scrambling along the coastline as close as possible to the sea, with a combination of swimming, rock climbing and stepping into the water from rather high rocks to keep the adrenaline levels up!
Once everyone was suitably soaked and tired, it was time for a welcome hot drink served up by Isle of Man TT motorcycle racing hero Conor Cummins, followed by lunch at Filbey’s restaurant in Peel. After a couple of hours’ relaxation time in the afternoon, the group enjoyed a delicious meal at Enzo’s restaurant in Douglas followed by closing drinks and dancing at the aptly named Courthouse bar.
The weekend was a great opportunity for participants to learn more about each firm and their respective areas of practice as well as to discuss common issues such as Brexit. Follow-up meetings are already in the pipeline and there is certainly a real opportunity for each firm to collaborate on client work in the future.