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SHJLD Annual Ball 2021

17 September 2021

Please see below for more information on the SHJLD Ball including frequently asked questions. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to ask for more information. 


What is the theme?

Mardi Gras Masquerade.

Where is the Ball being held?

Southampton Harbour Hotel, 5 Marine Walk, Ocean Village, SO14 3QT  (The Bow & Needles).

What is the dress code?

Formal black tie with a masquerade mask.


How much are the tickets?

Tickets will be £35 for SHJLD Members and £45 for non-members.

How many tickets are available?

There is a maximum capacity of 130 for the SHJLD Ball.

How many seats are there per table?

There are 10 seats per table.

How can I purchase a ticket?

Visit our events page. Click on the SHJLD Ball event, selecting the correct option (member or non-member) and then complete the online payment form.

What will my ticket include?

Sparkling wine reception on arrival, a three course meal and entertainment including DJ, mock casino tables and a photo booth. There will also be a raffle, tickets for which can be purchased separately.

When will the event start?

We will begin our evening in the Needles, arrival drinks will be served from 7:00 PM.


What time is dinner served?

Dinner will be served in the Bow from 8:00 PM

Is there a choice of food?

Yes, you can choose from the following options:

  • Starter

    • Salmon gravalax, beetroot horseradish served with quail's egg (gf);​

    • Goats cheese and sun blush tomtao tart (v)

  • Main

    • Wild mushroom risotto, shaved old Winchester or vegan cheese and black truffle (gf)(ve);​

    • Slow cooked lamb shoulder served with fondant potato, kale, glazed carrots and mint jus (gf)

  • Dessert

    • Warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream (gf);​

    • Poached pear and blackcurrant sorbet (gf)(ve)


Do you cater to dietary requirements?

Yes, we have gluten free and vegan options on our main menu. We can also cater to dietary requirements so please let us know when ordering your menu choices.

Is the annual ball only open to junior lawyers?

No, the event is open to lawyers both senior and junior as well as to other young professionals from the region.

What COVID-19 precautions are in place?

  • on the evening all staff at the Harbour Hotel will be wearing masks;

  • to enter the Harbour Hotel you will be required to undergo a temperature check, this is done automatically at the entrance door using a free standing machine;

  • all staff at the Harbour Hotel undergo temperature checks on arrival to work;

  • ventilation (aircon) of the rooms that we will be using;

  • our suppliers will also be wearing masks and will undergo temperature checks on arrival to the Harbour Hotel;

  • there will be sanitising stations throughout the event including at the photo booth and mock casino tables;

  • we will be requiring our suppliers to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test on the day;

  • we will ask all attendees to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test dated 17 September 2021. 

What do I need to bring to the SHJLD Ball?

  • your online ticket - shown on your phone;

  • a copy of your negative lateral flow test - shown on your phone either a text message or an email

How do I obtain a lateral flow test?

Free lateral flow tests can be ordered from the Government here.

The lateral flow test will come with instructions on how to undertake the test.

How do I obtain proof of a negative lateral flow test?

Once you have undertaken your lateral flow test, whether the result is positive, negative or inconclusive, you are required to report this result, which can be done here. Following this, you will receive either a text message and/or an email. This text message and/or email is your proof required for the event. For the avoidance of doubt, this will look as follows.

Text:                                                Email:

What happens if I forget to take my lateral flow test in advanced?

The SHJLD Committee will have a limited number of lateral flow tests available on the door. Please note that this will cause delay to your entry whilst a result is awaited and you will be asked to wait in a COVID-19 secure location (this may be inside or outside of the Harbour Hotel and will be notified to you at this point in time). To the extent, this limited number of lateral flow tests runs out, you will be unable to enter the SHJLD Ball.

What happens if the temperature scanners detect a high temperature?

You may be refused entry to the Harbour Hotel straight away or be asked to wait in a COVID-19 secure area (to be determined by the Harbour Hotel at its absolute discretion and notified to you, this may be inside or outside of the Harbour Hotel). You may then be allowed to attempt a further temperature scan, to the extent a high temperature is displayed on a second attempt, you will be refused entry to the Harbour Hotel. As a high temperature is a symptom of Coronavirus, please comply with Government guidance on displaying symptoms which includes self-isolating and booking a negative PCR test.

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Contact us if you have any further questions about the SHJLD Ball

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