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On Monday 19 May, solicitor Gabor Kovacs will be taking part in the London Legal Walk.

Along with The President of the Supreme Court, the Lord Chief Justice and the President of the Law Society, as well as an estimated 10,000 other lawyers, Gabor will be walking along a 10 km course beginning at the Royal Courts of Justice and ending at the Law Society’s Hall.

The aim of the walk is to raise funds for legal advice charities. Gabor will be walking with a team from The Justice Gap to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust and Hackney Law Centre.

If you would like to make a donation, you may do so here.

All dressed up …

February 24th, 2014

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Graeme and Christine are taking a few days in Venice, for the Carnival. They have sent us this picture.

I am envious!

Gabor’s Thames Path Challenge

January 20th, 2014

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Last year many of our friends and clients generously supported Graeme’s trek to the summit of Ethiopia’s highest mountain as part of his long-term support for agricultural development charity, Send a Cow.

This year Gabor Kovacs has committed himself to a long-distance endeavour of his own – a little closer to home, and not at such a dizzying altitude, but again in support of a cause with real personal significance.

Gabor has signed up for the Thames Path Challenge – a walk along the banks of the Thames from Putney to Henley. This is no gentle riverside stroll: the route covers 100 km (62 miles) and has to be completed in just 24 hours.

Gabor will be raising funds for the Stroke Association: his father suffered a severe stroke in 2010.

If you would like to support Gabor, you can make your pledge online at www.justgiving.com/gaborkovacs or call in at the office. The Challenge takes place on 13-14 September 2014, and will be keeping you updated with Gabor’s training and fundraising in the months ahead.

Graeme reaches the summit!

November 4th, 2013

STOP PRESS!

 

10.35am, Monday 4 November 2013.

We have just received a text message fom Graeme Quar.  He is at the top of Ras Dashen, Ethiopia’s highest mountain!

As you all know, Grame is taking part in a  trek to the summit of 4,550 metre Ras Dashen to mark the 25th anniversary of the Send A Cow Charity.  Graeme is one of the small team making the ascent, and has set himself the ambitious target of raising £100 for each of the charity’s 25 years – £2,500.

To date, Graeme has raised almost £2,300 (including Gift Aid): it is not too late (hint!) for you to make a donation: http://www.justgiving.com/trekgraeme

LEGAL EAGLE: Stacy Quar, a trainee legal executive at business law firm Graeme Quar & Co  in Hampshire, with parachute tandem instructor Chris Davison from GoSkydive.

 A legal eagle with business law firm Graeme Quar & Co has unfolded her wings for charity – literally.

Trainee legal executive Stacey Quar, 29, raised £500 in a tandem parachute jump.

The mother-of-two, from near Petersfield, took part in the white-knuckle adventure to raise money for research and to support people with Crohn’s disease.

Stacey was diagnosed in 2009 with the condition, which causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

She said: “At present there is no cure for the disease, which is very painful. When the disease it at it worse it involves admittance to hospital to be put on intravenous steroids and strong pain medication.

“I was absolutely terrified of falling out of a plane at 10,000 ft but the experience turned out to be fantastic and has helped focus the spotlight on Crohn’s.”

The debilitating condition, named after Dr Burril Crohn, one of the three doctors who first identified the disease in 1932, affects between 30,000 and 60,000 people in theUK– equivalent to 1 in 1,200.

The parachute jump, which involved being strapped into a harness with an instructor, took place at Old Sarum, near Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

Stacey, who has two girls aged three and two, called Lily and Summer respectively, has been working for Graeme Quar & Co at the firm’s Fareham office for six years and is a former Portsmouth Grammar School pupil.

To find out more about Crohn’s and Colitis UK, the beneficiary, please click on to http://www.nacc.org.uk/content/home.asp

Main symptoms are pain, urgent diarrhoea, severe tiredness and weight loss.

Harnish – meeting the man

October 31st, 2012

I had never heard of Verne Harnish until my coach recommended that I read his best selling business development book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits”. This week I flew 5,000 miles to meet the man.

At the end of the first day of the Fortune Growth Summit Verne Harnish  shook my hand firmly and welcomed me to Phoenix. He wished me success with the growth of our law firm, agreed to a photo shoot next day and exchanged continental style kisses with my wife. I thought he would be taller. I liked the cut of his suit.

For two days Verne presented an array of top class business leaders and thinkers. This was the Super Bowl of corporate gatherings sponsored by Bank of America.

Verne ( we were now on first name terms) had agreed to a photo but who would take  the picture? The next day I tracked down the event photographer who slipped me details of Verne’s busy schedule. After Verne had completed a press interview we sprang our ambush. It went well the cameraman set up the shot, my wife crossed examined Verne on living in Barcelona and we both switched on the smile.

The meeting with the man was captured on digital film – see above. My wife commented that he was a little taller than me. I falsely alleged that he was wearing Cuban heels. It didn’t matter: I felt six feet tall. More importantly I had  walked amongst giants of US commerce and back home our law firm will continue to take huge strides to provide our clients with an awesome service.

Graeme Quar

 

By the time I got to Phoenix after a 10 hour flight and an impatient wait at US Immigration all I wanted of my hotel was my room key. No chance. Here the customer is king and a regal welcome is what he deserves.

Instantly we were relieved of our luggage and the desk clerk rolled out the red carpet. Within five minutes we were given a free room upgrade; spa discount confirmed; the daily Wi-Fi fee waived; and I had been admitted to the Preferred Guest Club.

At the bar the Joe mixed for us a cocktail not on the drinks list; recommended the Keebo beef; and took 10% off the bill because the hotel was celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Perhaps all these extras and discounts are offered to every guest. But who cares. They offered them to me and I feel good. This hotel has made me valued and special.

The experience continues. Ice is delivered to our room. Every member of staff smiles and says hello. I get free coffee refills at breakfast and for this afternoon’s riding our wrangler will be greeting us in the hotel lobby.

Most of these extras are costing the hotel very little but the positive impact on my enjoyment is awesome.

To stay ahead of the competition we must keep going the extra mile for our customers and clients. The rewards are repeat business and satisfied customers who recommend us.

So if you find yourself in Phoenix and want to be treated like royalty head for the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. Mention my name to Joe and ask for two mojitos.

 

Graeme Quar

Is This Thing On?

September 13th, 2012

In June our client Nick Tann took voluntary redundancy from a secure job in IT, in order to focus on a career in music, both as performer and promoter.

Is This Thing On Productions is promoting its first event on Saturday 13 October 2013, at the Railway Arms in Winchester.  Nick will be compering an evening of music by four talented artists Anja McCloskey, Grant Sharkey, Seán McGowan and Steve Picken.  Nick will probably also perform a few of his songs.

This promises to be a very enjoyable evening, and we hope it will be a great success.  For more details, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://isthisthingonproductions.com/.