Gareth Byrne Wins 4th Place in international 2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition

Gareth Byrne  |  Senior Legal Counsel, Dublin

Wins 4th Place in our:

*2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*

Sponsors: CMSMason Alexander and US Visa Solutions

Photo credit: Gareth Byrne, Senior Legal Counsel in Dublin


I am delighted to let you know that:

Gareth Byrne, senior legal counsel in Dublinwins 4th PLACE in our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*. The winners were announced last month at a reception in London hosted by the international law firm CMS) to announce the winners. More than 150 lawyers from cities around the world entered photos in this year’s competition.  A big thank you to each of you that entered a photo.



What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Gareth’s Photo

Gareth Byrne’s image of the hot air balloon works because of the time of day.

The beautiful light reveals textures and shapes on the ground.

The balloon works as a subtle splash of colour and interest which leads the eye to the redder mountains in the distance.

Well done.

Laurence J. McMahson is a professional editorial and commercial photographer (and former lawyer!) based in Dublin. 

What Gareth said about his photo

Hi Colin, I’ve attached a photograph I took while on hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei in Namibia last week.

Hopefully this makes the cut for the completion!!

Enjoy your break to Portugal.


The Wining Photo

You may be interested to see the photo which got 1st Place in our competition. It is on the link below:


Some Photos

from our Celebratory Drinks Reception


CMS, London

Dr Miranda Brawn and Colin Carroll (Founder of Lawyers’ BD CLUB)

Colin Carroll (Founder of Lawyers’ BD CLUB) speaking about the photos entered in our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*



Thanks very much to Rita Lowe, Head of Banking and Finance at CMS for sponsoring and hosting our Lawyers BD CLUB event at CMS’s fab new offices in London.

Mason Alexander

My thanks to Megan Shannon of  Mason Alexander – one of our sponsors of our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*. Mason Alexander is a leading Irish recruitment firm based in Dublin.

Megan Shannon, Head of Legal Recruitment (Mason Alexander)

US Visa Solutions: Law Office of Janice A. Flynn

Thank you also to Janice A. Flynn of US Visa Solutions in London for sponsoring our 2017 competition. US Visa Solutions is one of the top US Visa firms in London.


Lawyers BD CLUB (London): Exclusive Event

Fireside Chat



General Counsel, Diageo plc

I have a special event planned for the London chapter of the Lawyers BD CLUB which I’m very excited about.

SIOBHAN MORIARTY the General Counsel of Diageo plc (the FTSE 100 company) has confirmed she will be our guest speaker.  She has very kindly agreed to join me for a #FiresideChat.

Siobhan will chat about her personal career journey and share with us lessons she has learned along the way.

It would be great to see you if you were in a position to join us.  It will all be very informal and relaxed so I am sure you would enjoy the evening.


Where & When: London

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

 Time: 6.30 PM  –  7.30 PM.

Fireside Chat with Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel of Diageo plc

 FREE ADMISSION (Limited Places)

Siobhan Moriarty

General Counsel, Diageo plc

Siobhán is a graduate of University College Dublin and is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and in England & Wales.  She held various positions in law firm private practice in Dublin and London, principally 7 years as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance, before joining Diageo’s in-house legal team in 1997.  Siobhán has done a variety of roles in Diageo, including Corporate M&A Counsel, Regional Counsel Ireland and General Counsel Europe, before taking on responsibility for leadership of the global legal team as General Counsel in 2013.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Diageo plc.

Siobhán is also the joint Executive Committee sponsor of Diageo’s diversity and inclusion agenda.  Siobhán has previously served for two years as a Diageo nominated non-executive director on East African Breweries Limited, one of the largest listed companies on the Nairobi Stock exchange.

Diageo is a FTSE10 company, listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  It is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.  Diageo’s products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit Please also visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Some of our previous guest speakers


The Lawyers’ BD CLUB

Colin Carroll




Arianna Huffington

Co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world’s most influential news and information brands.


Please click here for our interview with Arianna Huffington

 Linda Rottenberg

CEO of Endeavor


Linda was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century”.

Please click here for our interview with Linda Rottenberg, CEO


Managing Partner of US Visa Solutions  |  London

What I’ve learned is that fear is not something that should hold you back from what you want to do.

Janice A. Flynn, Managing Partner, US Visa Solutions 

Please click here for our interview with Janice A. Flynn

Peter King

Corporate Partner at Weil  |  London

Don’t lose touch with people you enjoy working with and aim to build long term working relationships.  They are likely to become important to you later in your career.  [Peter King, Partner at Weil]

Please click here for our interview with Peter King

Previous Laywers BD Club Event

Fireside Chat in PARIS

with Bjarne Tellmann

Venue:  Hogan Lovells, Paris

More details are on this link