Favourite Things: “I love traditional pubs steeped in city history”

Scott Haslam
Scott Haslam

Scott Haslam is a newly promoted associate in the medical negligence team at Sheffield’s Wake Smith Solicitors. He studied law at Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield and specialised in medical negligence after starting work as a paralegal in 2010. He qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has continued to practice in medical negligence since then.  

He lives in Barnsley with his wife Louise and two-year-old son Thomas. Longshaw Estate and Burbage Edge. This is only a short distance from the city centre but really feels like the middle of the countryside.

Proove, Fulwood Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

Proove, Fulwood Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

There are fantastic views of the Hope Valley, plenty of good walking routes and its accessible for all. My mum and dad used to take me there as a child and now I’m taking my son and wife. There is nothing better than sitting outside the cafe at Longshaw and enjoying the views with one of their homemade cakes.

A colleague told me about this children’s play place and it’s an absolute gem. Based in a century old industrial building on the banks of Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, it is an excellent example of how Sheffield’s unused industrial buildings can be repurposed. Inside, there is a child-sized town complete with its own village green. This miniature version of a town has all the usual shops and

businesses including a supermarket and vets. Kids can really let their imagination go wild whilst acting out real life roles. My son Thomas absolutely loves it. He particularly likes the supermarket where he can fill and empty a toy trolley to his heart’s content.

We are really lucky to have so many great hostelries in the city. I love Grade II listed The Three Tuns pub based just across the road from Wake Smith. It’s a great place to meet contacts and friends as it’s a traditional boozer steeped in history. And you can also easily access Kelham Island from there for Shakespeare’s, the Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern and the Riverside. Good pubs are all about a great atmosphere and a good range of ales, and these places have it by the bucket-load.

This is an informal, friendly restaurant in Broomhill with an artisan feel. They have an interesting menu of wood fired pizzas, great gluten-free bases for my sister-in-law and all the pizzas are made to order. Louise doesn’t like spicy toppings so I tend to opt for jalepenos so I don’t have to share!

Sheffield 10k

This was one of my highlights of 2018 as I took part in my first 10k race. There was a fantastic

atmosphere as we ran through the city centre and I helped raise more than £1,000 for Weston Park

Cancer Charity with my colleagues from Wake Smith. We’re aiming for a bigger team for 2019 and

I’m hoping for a personal best of under 58 minutes.

Sheffield City Hall

The Last Laugh Comedy Club is brilliant. It is a great venue as you are so close to the comedians and

they have a great variety from well-known to up and coming stars. I want to see more music at the

City Hall this year. The renovation work has transformed it as a venue and it’s so convenient being in

the middle of the city.

Sheffield’s universities

I studied law at Sheffield Hallam so spent many hours in lectures in the impressive Collegiate

Crescent buildings. I also met my wife Louise at university. The universities make a real difference to

Sheffield bringing money, diversity, and ideas into the city. They also help to raise the profile of

Sheffield across the globe. Our challenge is to keep students here long term so that the city benefits

from their skills after they graduate.

Green Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK with plenty of parks, open spaces and trees.

Whenever my in-laws visit they are always impressed by the green environment – something you

take for granted and often forget when you live and work in South Yorkshire. I often sit in the

Millennium Gardens to eat my lunch during the Summer months. I love Sheffield’s range of gardens

and the open spaces – they’re good for the soul.