The seventh annual LGBT network Summer Party took place at the NPG on 16th July as a celebration of a year of equal marriage for same sex couples in the UK and to support the work of the Human Dignity Trust internationally. The Summer Party has become the must-attend event in the LGBT calendar of the City with a high attendance by clients amongst the 400 guests.
The wedding theme included confetti, ushers and a wedding cake. Guests were able to view the new Virginia Wolff and the BP Portrait exhibitions and entertainment was provided with a surprise performance by pop superstar Sinitta performing her new single.
In his welcome speech, Diversity Partner Nick Turner noted the successes of the LGBT network over the year including increasing the firm's ranking in the Stonewall Top 100 places to work to 30th, 3rd for law firms and 6th globally; 12th in the Australian Workplace Top 20 and the top performing law firm for the LGBT network in our Australian offices. Nick added 'we have a tremendous response from clients to this event and we were delighted to support the vital work of the Human Dignity Trust as our charity partner this year Thanks goes to the organising committee of David Shields, Paula Waite, Craig Cordle, Kristofer McGhee, Prakash Kakkad and Lucy Hall.'
The Human Dignity Trust is a group of international lawyers who work with local partners to uphold human rights and constitutional law in countries where homosexuality is criminalised. The firm has had a long relationship with HDT, including most recently providing pro bono advice on bringing a challenge in the Privy Council in respect of laws which criminalise homosexuality, led by John Whiteoak, Kristofer McGhee and Tom Henderson. The team of lawyers looked at 12 countries throughout the Commonwealth to determine which of those countries such a legal challenge would have the best prospects of success before the Privy Council. Last week the firm's pro bono committee agreed that we would continue to partner with HDT through to the Privy Council stage.
HDT CEO Jonathan Cooper said 'Words cannot express how grateful we are to HSF. Not only do you provide us with world class legal advice that has the potential to bring about the end of persecution for many gay men and lesbians across the globe, you share your amazing summer party with us.'