Informals EQE Lectures 2015

The Informals’ EQE Lectures 2015 also begin in January. The EQE lectures will follow a similar format to last year, normally being on Monday lunchtimes (though we may expand to Thursdays as well to maximise the number of lectures). We have asked the lecturers to go through a recent paper (normally 2013/2014). You can listen live via WebEX and ask questions on the day, and the recordings will also go up on the CIPA website to listen to afterwards. Previous years’ lectures are also still on the CIPA website, should you find these useful.

A provisional timetable is as follows, though more lectures are planned and we will update once the Yellow Sheet blog and the CIPA website ( when we have confirmed with the lecturers:

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5-a-side Tournament Results

Friday 01 August brought with it the most highly anticipated football tournament of the year…no not the World Cup, but the annual Informals 5-a-side tournament at the Powerleague in Shoreditch.  With a record number of 14 teams, including teams from private IP firms, in-house IP divisions, general practice law firms and an IP software and management firm, this year’s competition was geared up to be one of the most fiercely contested yet.

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5-a-side tournament report

Wednesday 19th June brought with it the annual CIPA Informals 5-a-side football tournament.


The fiercely contested tournament brings together the finest athletic specimens from the IP world to battle it out on the field, this time at the John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping.  A record 12 teams entered the tournament, meaning that the teams had to be randomly allocated to two pools, of six teams per pool, so that each team could play enough games in the evening.


Each team played all the other teams within their pool, meaning that each team had at least five matches in total.  The winner from each pool then went on to battle it out for the title of CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions, with the runners up from each pool entering a third place playoff.


We had three pitches for the tournament and so six teams were on the field at any one time.  After a slow start, the goals started pouring in.  Quickly it became evident that Carpmaels A had played together before, and soon went into the lead in their pool.  Mewburn’s team kit looked particularly professional.  Withers and Rogers played strongly, and for a while it seemed as if they were going through to the final, only to be beaten to the mark by an impressive EIP, narrowly beating Withers and Rogers on goal difference to win their pool.


The final therefore came down to Carpmaels A against EIP, with the third place playoff being battled out between Mewburn Ellis and Withers and Rogers.  Sadly Mewburn’s team kit didn’t save them, and Withers and Rogers won third place.  In the contest for CIPA champion, both EIP and Carpmaels A looked like they were in for a chance of winning.  Sadly, when the whistle blew, it was a tie.  This meant penalties.  One of the few rules of the tournament required that every team must have a woman present on the field.  Therefore, when it came to penalties, both teams had to put forward a woman to shoot.  Early misses by players from both EIP and Carpmaels sent the crowd into a frenzy.  It came down to the two women to take a shot – and both scored!  Early misses by Carpmaels cost them the title however, with EIP being crowned CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions 2013.


Post-match a celebratory pint was had at the pub as the winners (and losers) basked in their glory.  Watch this space for next year…

– Andrew White

Advanced Lectures – change of schedule

There has been a change to the schedule for the advanced lectures.

Iain Russell from EIP will now present:

P3 lecture 1 on Tuesday 2 October 2012
P3 lecture 2 on Tuesday 16 October 2012

Both lectures will commence at 17:30 in CIPA Hall, as previously advertised.

JEB Advanced Lectures 2012

The following lectures have been confirmed:

P4: 28 August 2012 – Martin Maclean (Mathys & Squire LLP)

“What to do when things go wrong”:
4 September 2012 – Rhian Granleese (Marks & Clerk LLP)

P2: 11 September 2012 – Doug Ealey (D. Young & Co. LLP)

P6: 18 September 2012 – David Taylor (Venner Shipley LLP)

P3: 25 September 2012 – Iain Russell (EIP)
Further details and downloads are available here.

EDIT: A second lecture on P3 will be given, also by Iain Russell, on 2 October 2012.