Gold medal winning winter Olympian, Amy Williams MBE, was guest speaker at the second Society of Construction Law Southern Lunch organised and hosted by Partner Jessica Tresham and Lenny Dalby from the Blake Morgan Construction team.
Taking place at the Southampton Harbour Hotel, the lunch attracted over 100 guests from a broad cross section of the legal profession together with allied professionals within the construction and property sectors. Solicitors, Barristers, Arbitrators, Engineers, Architects, In-house Counsel, Surveyors, Developers and Contractors were amongst those attending. The common denominator was that all are involved in the construction and property industry either as construction dispute professionals and their clients, or those who are involved in major projects, both domestic and international.
The majority of the attendees were from the Hampshire area, and presented an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the local market.
Amy Williams impressed the crowd with an insightful and inspirational look back at her preparation for the 2010 winter Olympics. This included everything from training in the wind tunnel at the University of Southampton to establish the best sled position, to working with helmet designers to produce the aerodynamic helmet, to health and wellbeing in order to gain additional 10th of seconds that can make all the difference. Amy ended up winning by over half a second which was unheard of at the time.
It was Amy’s dedication and commitment that really struck the audience. Her resilience in the face of set-backs was a message many in the room could relate to. After her speech, Amy chatted to attendees, who also got to try on her medal.
Blake Morgan’s Construction, South Coast Property and Commercial Litigation teams hosted guests from Aecom, Blackmore Group, Bouygues, Knights Brown, Southern Vale, Southern Water, and Stepnell Construction. The event was a chance to entertain clients, make new connections, catch up with colleagues and friends and have an inspirational day out.
Partner Jessica Tresham commented; “Amy’s resilience was something that really struck a chord with the audience and demonstrated to our clients just how much dedication and commitment play a huge part in the strength of our offering in the Construction and Property sector on the South Coast. The success of the event shows how, when we collaborate together across teams, we not only unlock new works streams, but also show our clients the talent we have on offer within our firm.”
Partner Jessica Tresham is a Society of Construction Law Council member, and was instrumental in bringing the event to the region and its organisation. Contact her to find out more about the Society of Construction Law and for expert legal advice.