Lovells Actually wins something

Its official: Lovells trainees are the brainiest kids in town.

A team from the firm triumphed in a quiz night held between City trainees in aid of the charity Dans Fund for Burns. The charity was set up by Polly Miller, wife of Dan Miller, a Herbert Smith assistant who was killed in the Bali bombing of October 2002.

The quiz featured 21 teams. All three of Lovells teams, which were all named after excruciating puns on the firms name (such as All You Need Is Lovells and Lovells All Around), finished in the top five.

The winning team almost missed out on the top spot. It was initially announced that Lovells Actually, consisting of trainees Pravin Aswani, James Harvey, David Stainer and Jonathan Stanley, had come second to

a team from Slaughter and May. However, after an appeal for a recount, it emerged that Lovells Actually had won by a mere half point.

More than 1,800 was raised for Dans Fund for Burns, and the organisers now plan to make the quiz an annual event.

Lovells also retained its title for the second year running in the annual Wintercomfort charity quiz, organised by the Cambridge Law Society in aid of homeless charity Wintercomfort.

The quiz involves mixed teams of City trainees and Cambridge law undergraduates, and a team comprising Lovells trainees Stainer and Stanley, accompanied by fellow trainee Philip Corser and various law students, led throughout.