Legal experts raise thousands in colleague’s name

(Left to right): Emily Beahan of Breast Cancer Now with Lucy Rodgers and Michaela Evans from Taylor&Emmet, plus Carmel Doyle of Focus Family Mediation.

A partner at Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP has helped to raise more than £3,000 in memory of a colleague and friend, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.

Michaela Evans and five fellow family law experts from across the city, organised a fun-filled evening in honour of Vanessa Fox, a former partner at Keebles, raising £3,692 for Breast Cancer Now.

Held at the Sheffield Hilton Hotel, the event was attended by more than 125 guests, who were treated to food and drink, entertainment by a local improvisation comedy duo and an opportunity to shop for festive treats, courtesy of seven local businesses who donated their time. A raffle of more than 30 prizes was also held, including a Rovers Return tray, signed by the cast of Coronation Street.

Co-hosts for the evening included Taylor&Emmet’s Lucy Rodgers, Carmel Doyle of Focus Family Mediation, Joe Bartlett of Keebles, Emilie Garthwaite-Tunnard of Cartwright King and barrister, Pennie Stanistreet of St John’s Buildings.

Michaela, head of family law at Taylor&Emmet, said: “On May 21 last year, Sheffield’s legal community lost one of its finest, my friend, Vanessa Fox. I decided simply remembering her wasn’t enough; my colleagues and I wanted to do something in her name. We were delighted that so many people enjoyed our fundraising event and I was very proud to raise so much money for breast cancer care.”

Breast Cancer Now funds research and provides expert staff, volunteers and information to ensure anyone diagnosed with the disease receives the support they need to deal with its physical and emotional impacts. For more information, visit:

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