From 28-30 September, we were hosted by our friends at Arthur Cox in Dublin.
The majority of delegates stayed in the Iveagh Garden Hotel with the remaining in The Hilton. The AGM itself took place in Arthur Cox’s office.
On Thursday 28th September we were welcomed to Arthur Cox’s offices for welcome drinks with a delightful view across Dublin. Followed by dinner The Pigs Ear Restaurant, a long-standing modern bistro, which sits within a three-story Georgian townhouse overlooking the Trinity College Gardens.
The following day the AGM held with the topic this year being centred around ESG. We had a number of speakers from both within and outside AEL which proved to be a most thought provoking day culminating in a break out session to discuss the importance of ESG for law firms and their stakeholders. We would like to thank all speakers who took the time to do so.
Please do send any ideas for future topics of our events to Helen Cooper.
The spouses who joined visited had a private tour of the Museum of Literature Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland
That evening, delegates were treated to a wonderful location for dinner at the Shelborne Hotel. The Shelbourne has been a gathering place for the great political, cultural, literary, and artistic figures of the time. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, the most iconic stars stage and screen spent time within its walls, including Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Laurel and Hardy, James Cagney, Clark Gable, John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Maureen O’Hara, Rock Hudson, Paul Newman and Robert Redford. In 1958, John and Jacqueline Kennedy were guests at The Shelbourne. JFK stayed again during an official visit in June 1963 as President of the United States. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco were frequent guests, and one suite in particular was such a favourite of the erstwhile Grace Kelly that it was eventually renamed in her honour.
The programme on Saturday was a day of sightseeing with a coach and walking tour of Avondale and Glendalough in County Wicklow. This included a visit to Beyond the Trees in Avondale Forest Park. The first of its kind in Ireland, it is a fully accessible treetop walk and viewing tower.
On Saturday evening the event was rounded off with dinner at The Grayson. A restaurant overlooking Dublin’s most famous city park, the stunning ivy covered Georgian building at No. 41 St. Stephen’s Green has a rich and illustrious history, most notably the original Dublin offices of Arthur Cox LLP. The building has been carefully restored to highlight its original features, protect its structure, whilst adding a fresh, bright and comfortable feel.
We would like to give our utmost thanks to Richard, Elizabeth and all their team that worked so very hard for such an excellently organised event.