Staff from Huddersfield-based law firm Switalskis Solicitors have helped spread the festive joy into the New Year by inviting families to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Eight families joined the local law firm at the panto on 5 January, following a party in the theatre’s event space.
The medical negligence and Court of Protection teams at Switalskis organised the trip for some of their clients and their families to say thank you for working with them throughout 2017.
These teams often work with families over many years, as medical claims can take a long time to resolve, with the Court of Protection team providing long-term support to those clients that require help with managing their settlement funds, according to Switalskis.
This is the second year that the law firm has organised such an event. In December 2016, they took several families to see Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal in Wakefield.
Samantha Spain, Court of Protection solicitor and vice president of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society, said: “It is an absolute privilege to be able to give something back to our clients, who have been through some of the most difficult experiences imaginable but are trying to have a normal family life.”
“Many of these families are affected by their loved one having a mental and/or physical disability. However, this shouldn’t stop them and their families from having the best quality of life possible and enjoying every moment, including joining us for a magical experience with Magic Matt and a trip to the panto.”
Spain, who is based at the Switalskis Huddersfield office, represents personal injury clients who lack the mental capacity to manage their own financial affairs.
She organised the event with support from her colleagues in the medical negligence and Court of Protection departments, many of whom are actively involved in supporting disabled people and their families in the local community, working with organisations such as Headway, Disability Sheffield and Sheffield Mencap and Gateway.