Lawrence Grant’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner

Lawrence Grant recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a glittering gala dinner on Friday, 07 February, held at the magnificent Drapers Livery Hall in the heart of London.

While celebration was definitely a key element of the night, there was another very important fundraising focus of the evening: to raise money for the Young Harrow Foundation (YHF). This is a local charity that helps disadvantaged young people by positively addressing five key areas of concern (mental health, youth violence, inequality, employability, and physical health) and helping them to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.


 GGI members came to celebrate with Lawrence Grant: Oliver Biernat (Germany), Alan Rajah (Lawrence Grant, UK), Kanish Thevarasa (Canada), Michael Reiss von Filski (Switzerland)

As well as a delicious three-course meal, entertainment from table magicians, and a delightful string quartet providing beautiful background music, a silent auction was held with a range of prizes on offer, including yacht holiday packages, designer handbags, sports memorabilia, unique artwork, and a number of exclusive experiences.

Ron Grant, one of the two founder partners of the firm, was presented with a special recognition award. Marian Lawrence also picked up an award on behalf of her husband, the late Peter Lawrence.

Some of Harrow’s young people, supported by charities with whom the Young Harrow Foundation works, also gave very emotive talks about how their lives had changed, having connected with the charity.

GGI Global CEO, Michael Reiss von Filski, flew over specially from Zurich to attend the event and gave out team and individual awards to acknowledge the achievements of Lawrence Grant’s staff over the past 12 months. He said,

“GGI celebrates its twenty-fifth birthday this year and it is with pride that, for those 25 years, Lawrence Grant has been a member of GGI – a founding member! What a pleasure it is to celebrate 50 years of Lawrence Grant tonight at Drapers Hall with all of you!

On behalf of our Chairman and Founder, Claudio G. Cocca, the Board of Directors of GGI, our Executive Committee, and all our member firms, clients, and friends, we wish Lawrence Grant a very Happy Birthday, with due thankfulness for having always been an active, dynamic, exceptional, and dedicated member firm we can rely on and trust.”

Alan Rajah added,

“Our 50th anniversary gala evening was an incredible success and a testament to the values, ethics, and professionalism that the partnership stands for. These have enabled us to deliver a highquality service to our clients, while at the same time fulfilling our corporate responsibility to the local community. I cannot express how thankful I am to colleagues, friends, and clients who came along from the UK and all around the world to help us celebrate this huge landmark in the company’s history, and to help raise funds for young people in Harrow.”

Alan Rajah

Alan Rajah

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Lawrence Grant, Chartered Accountants
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Lawrence Grant, Chartered Accountants celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Based in North London, they have over 30 staff, three partners and two tax consultants providing well-respected accountancy, business support, and cross-border tax advice. They also offer a selection of cloud and digital software solutions using AI technology.

Alan Rajah joined Lawrence Grant in 1994 and became partner in 2001. He is involved in all areas of general practice, specialising in valuations of business, due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions. His client portfolio includes UK and overseas companies and individuals as well as medical professionals. Alan is global vice chairperson of the GGI International Tax Practice Group.

Published: GGI Insider, No. 106, March 2020

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