Business Networking Event ‘On The Sofa’ – April

18th April 2023 - 18:30 to 22:00

Clifton Club Business Networking Club – “On The Sofa” 

Tuesday 18th April, 2023 6.30pm onwards

The Clifton Club is delighted to invite you and a guest to the fifth in the series of our “On The Sofa” interviews.

Tabled as a networking event this will be an opportunity for you to meet and engage with your fellow Clifton Club members whilst learning more about members interesting careers and life experiences.

This exceptionally successful Business Networking Club became a part of The Clifton Club fabric bringing together our “working” members regularly to network and grow mutually beneficial relationships.

The format is simple; on arrival you will receive a complimentary glass of wine before moving into the dining room where we will have two Clifton Club members “On The Sofa” who will be interviewed by past Chairman Mike Beesley, taking no longer than an hour you will be given the opportunity to ask questions before retiring to the bar for refreshments and a complimentary buffet.

Two more current Clifton Club Members have agreed take part and share with us their life and career experiences;

First up is Peter Clough, Osborne Clarke’s Senior Partner. Peter chairs Osborne Clarke’s business and is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice dealing with large-scale commercial and contractual disputes, both in the UK and in overseas jurisdictions. He is experienced in dealing with disputes in (amongst others) the energy, tech, media and comms sectors, and is described by the legal directories as ‘always very commercial and timely’ and a ‘great tactician’. Peter has considerable experience of dealing with substantial High Court litigation and arbitration, and is also experienced in resolving disputes by other alternative means, such as mediation. Peter joined Osborne Clarke in 1996 from Allen & Overy, became a partner in 1998 and was appointed as the firm’s Senior Partner in 2022.

Second up is Reverend James Patrick. (His Honour Judge Patrick) became a circuit Judge in 2010. Born in Tiverton in 1967 James qualified in Law at City of Birmingham Polytechnic. After 3 years in Birmingham he moved to London for his Bar Course, living in Balham, and studying in Gray’s Inn.  He was offered pupillage first in London, then Exeter and then two in Bristol.  He chose Guildhall and moved to Bristol in the autumn on 1989.  At the beginning of his career, he did family, civil and crime, quickly giving up family, then civil, and then concentrating on crime across the south west.  Prosecuted and defended.  Ordained in 1999 to All Saints’ Clifton and was assistant priest there until he became a judge. He applied to be a circuit judge aged 40, got the letter telling him he would be appointed when he was 41, but wasn’t sworn in until he was 43.  He was appointed to Wood Green in North London in 2010, and so had to leave All Saints.  He moved to Muswell Hill. Also involved in tutoring for the judicial college training new judges before they start to sit in the crown court, and established judges in sentencing, trial and jury management, and serious sexual offences. James Moved back to Bristol in 2016.

The Event on the 18th April is sponsored by Arbuthnot Latham. Founded in 1833, Arbuthnot Latham has evolved and grown over the years and today offers private and commercial banking and wealth management to their clients.

Can you please email back by return if you are planning on attending to If you would like to bring a guest please let us have their name for the guest list. We look forward to welcoming you to the Club!


Please see some of our fantastic photographs taken at our last ‘On the Sofa’ event on Tuesday 7th February 2023.

Photos from the event