Summer Networking Drinks

Thank you to Cathrine Hertz-Sondergard for this review. Cathrine is a Knowledge Management Assistant at global law firm, Baker Mckenzie.

It was a beautiful Thursday evening in summer as I made my way down to the Samuel Pepys, a pub on the banks of the Thames where SLA Europe were throwing their annual summer drinks party, very kindly sponsored by CB Resourcing. We had the whole back room to ourselves, plus an outdoor balcony with a beautiful river view, and the party was in full swing when I arrived; before I had even had a chance to choose from the excellent selection of drinks, the room was packed and bustling with happy SLA members in a hubbub of conversation. Glasses were filled and the tables were groaning with enticing food, with the pizza in particular seeming to cause quite the stir; it looked like we wouldn’t need to dig up Samuel Pepys’ buried Parmesan after all…  

The Samuel Pepys

I managed to talk to a variety of people from different sectors and from all over the UK. I think this may have been the busiest SLA event I have attended so far, with the usual showing of friendly faces offering interesting conversation, a wealth of new knowledge and a host of good stories. We talked a lot about the upcoming conference in Cambridge in September, (the first to be held by the European Chapter!), and it sounds like an event not to be missed! 

The evening in full swing
Niamh Tumelty updates an attentive audience us on the upcoming SLA Europe Conference

With plenty of good company and no shortage of refreshments, the summer drinks are an ideal opportunity to network and exchange knowledge – and with people as agreeable as the members of SLA, it proved an extremely enjoyable evening as well. Thanks, as ever, are due to the SLA Events Committee for putting on such a productive and entertaining evening and CB Resourcing for generously sponsoring it.

The Two Presidents (Foreground: Simon Burton, SLA Europe. Background: Hal Kirkwood, SLA)

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