At the sharp end of the tough questions for once, Elizabeth Beatty of Harrison Clark Rickerbys took rigorous cross-examination in her stride at the annual Question Time event held by the Rotary Club of Worcester Severn in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Elizabeth, who is a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation department and sits as a Deputy District Judge in the Birmingham County Court, said: “It was a good evening – the questions were very topical and the panel discussion was lively, with plenty of humour and a lot of thought behind both questions and answers.”
The event, held in the lecture theatre at West Mercia Police Headquarters at Hindlip, was chaired by Duncan Williams, chair of the club. It has been held for the last nine years and gives local people the chance to hear current affairs debated by a panel who have included MPs, bishops and TV celebrities – this year, Elizabeth’s fellow panellists were Alison Brimelow CBE, former chief executive and controller general of the UK Patent Office; Angela Brinton, deputy lieutenant of Worcestershire; David Strudley, chief executive of Acorns and Ian Beer, former head of Lancing and Harrow and former RFU president.
Mr Williams said: “It is very similar to the BBC programme of the same name, except that the panel have the questions beforehand so that they can think about them ahead of time. This time, we did not have any politicians involved, but the level of debate was very high indeed. It was a great evening and will contribute to the total we raise for the hospice – having already raised £20,000 in recent months, we donated a further £3,500 on the evening.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 400 staff and partners based at offices in Worcester, Cheltenham, the Wye Valley, Hereford, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.