Mills & Reeve reel in the competition

A team from law firm Mills & Reeve left the competition reeling after it won the “Top Team” trophy at a charity fly fishing tournament. 

Eleven teams took part in the competition, with the Mills & Reeve team, comprising Julian Smith, partner in the Birmingham office corporate team; Rip Zinzmeister, M&A director at BP; Nigel Clarke, director at SureCalm Healthcare; and Mark Hales, former managing director of Claimar Care, netting top honours.

The team was awarded the trophy for catching the most fish. Julian was also awarded the title of “Top Rod” for the highest number of fish caught in the individual competition.

(L-R): Julian Smith, TV presenter Matthew Wright, David Jones, from SENSE, Mark Hales and Nigel Clarke.

The tournament was organised by SENSE, the national charity for the deafblind, and was hosted by world-renowned fishing company Farlow’s of Pall Mall at its lakes at Haywards Farm, Theale, in Berkshire. 

It is the first time the charity event has been held but the organisers are hoping it will become an annual fixture, with the proceeds going to SENSE. This year, more than £5,000 was raised for the charity.

Julian said: “Raising money for SENSE, which does such a fantastic job of raising awareness and supporting those who are deafblind, was the main purpose of taking part in the tournament. Everyone enjoyed a great day’s fishing and it was a nice bonus to walk away with two trophies.”

There are 30,000 deafblind children and people of working age in the UK, with one in 20 people over the age of 60 considered to be deafblind.

Sense supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind, providing expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.


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