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Final countdown to dance fundraiser

There are just two weeks to go until members of the Midlands’ legal profession go toe to toe as they compete to lift the No5 Chambers Strictly 9 to 5 trophy.

Spray tans are under way and the last sequins are being added to costumes as members of the judiciary, the bar, solicitors and Midlands’ professionals prepare to take to the dancefloor for an evening of dance and entertainment.

Now in its second year, Strictly 9 to 5 will be held on Friday, June 10 at the Town Hall, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing favourite Anton du Beke will again compere the event which is in aid of the Child Brain Injury Trust, one of No5’s nominated charities of the year.

The evening will include a show dance from the professional dancers, a charity auction and a raffle.

This year’s judges are Darren Bennett, a Latin specialist who with his partner Jill Halfpenny won the 2004 series of Strictly Come Dancing; Jamie De Souza, a lawyer with black country firm Higgs & Sons and former amateur Ballroom and Latin dancer who represented Great Britain; Elisha Willis, principal artist at the Birmingham Royal Ballet; and Kerry Alebon, a successful competition dancer who turned to teaching and who was runner up in last year’s event with No5 barrister Jamie Gamble.

Tony McDaid, Practice Director at No5 Chambers, said: “We’re hoping our Strictly 9 to 5 is as big a success as last year, which was attended by more than 450 guests and raised an incredible £23,000 for the Child Brain Injury Trust.”

The Child Brain Injury Trust was established by a group of health professionals in 1991 to research and provide information regarding the effects of ‘traumatic’ injury on a child’s developing brain. It is the leading voluntary sector organisation providing non-medical services to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the UK. It receives no Government or NHS funding. The Trust has a national network of child and family support co-ordinators.

Some tickets are still available for Strictly 9 to 5. Further details can be found online at