Hogan Lovells Presents Legally Ballroom

LONDON, 25 November 2011 - Suits were replaced with sequins and pale winter skin transformed with fake tan, as 15 couples took to the dance floor at Hogan Lovells' third "Legally Ballroom" extravaganza, held at the City Grange St. Paul's Hotel in London on Wednesday 23 November.

Feathers flew and sequins sparkled as the dancing divas battled it out in one of the City's most spectacular charity events.  Almost 300 Hogan Lovells staff and their clients, friends and family members packed the hotel in support of the black-tie event, which has so far raised over £9,000 for Action Against Hunger and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Hogan Lovells' global Touch charities.

The brave couples who, before being taught by two professional dancers for 10 weeks, had no previous experience in ballroom dancing, dusted off their sparkly shoes to perform an array of sets including the Mambo, Jive, Paso Doble and Waltz in a bid to be crowned King and Queen of the dance floor.

Head of litigation Patrick Sherrington and real estate partner Gill McGreevy compèred the evening as the couples shimmied and twirled their way through five rounds, with Corinne McPartland and Laurence Dace eventually sashaying their way to victory in a hotly contested final.

Richard Tyler, Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Touch committee, said:

"We are delighted that so many members of staff participated in Legally Ballroom III this year, either by competing, buying tickets to the event or sponsoring colleagues, to raise money for Action Against Hunger and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, two enormously inspiring and deserving charities.

Our Touch campaign has proved to be a wonderful tool for bringing people together to help those less fortunate. The added bonus is that we have so much fun putting on events such as this, which follows on from our charity abseil in September where we raised £14,000 for our Touch charities.”

Hogan Lovells would like to thank the Grange Hotels for their support.

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