Blake Lapthorn highly commended at Solent Education Business
Blake Lapthorn, one of the leading law firms in the UK, is
pleased to announce that two solicitors from its Travel Litigation
team, Chris Deacon and Lauren Haas, were highly commended at the
recent Solent Education Business Partnership (Solent EBP) awards.
The awards ceremony took place at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton
on Wednesday 11 July 2012.
Chris and Lauren were nominated by Andrea Illsley of Swanmore
College of Technology in the category 'Amazing people involved in
enterprise challenges & curriculum projects'. The commendation
was for the recent mock trial project idea that they pioneered and
developed in conjunction with Solent EBP. The mock trial, which was
held at Blake Lapthorn's Southampton office in February 2012, was
run for students from local sixth forms who played the part of
lawyers, witnesses, court staff and interpreters as well as court
reporters in a case about the sinking of a cruise ship off the
Mediterranean coast. This Award was sponsored by PwC.
Blake Lapthorn also sponsored an Award at the ceremony in the
category entitled 'Amazing people who support the development of an
enterprise culture' and was awarded to the business entrepreneur
who shares his or her knowledge and skills with young people, with
the aim of inspiring and encouraging an enterprising culture.
Elaine Heywood, a partner from the firm's Litigation and Dispute
Resolution department, presented the Award to winner Chris Hilton
Founded in 2004, Locutio Voice Technologies develops premium
branded celebrity GPS voices and works with a variety of licensors
and studios. Locutio’s aim is to integrate premium celebrity voice
content into cutting-edge digital contexts and applications. Having
created the market for in-car GPS celebrity voices, Locutio remains
the leading developer of licensed branded voice content in the GPS
sector. Chris, who is the CEO & Creative Director of Locutio,
has a background that embraces business consultancy, software
development and the music business. It is his task to ensure that
the commercial viability and creative horizons of Locutio's
products continue to develop as the market grows.
Elaine Heywood commented: "As a 'real-life' entrepreneur, Chris
takes the time out of his busy schedule to speak to classes or
whole year groups about his journey from idea to the creation of
his business. Chris is really inspirational and the students are
enthralled by his story."
Blake Lapthorn has been working with the Solent Education and
Business Partnership on various projects with schools, motivating
and encouraging young people to aim higher and reach their
potential. This is an important part of the firm's CSR policy and
helps to build links with the local community.