The London Legal Walk saw a record 15,000 walkers from 886 registered teams complete the 10-kilometre fundraising event. Most walked with colleagues, wearing t-shirts declaring the support of their firm, chambers, in-house department, charity, ministry or court. Supreme Court staff and judges went with the slogan ‘Team Supreme’. A special mention should go to ‘Mishcon de Fundreysa’. Teams from global elite firms walked side by side with charities, sole practitioners and civil servants.
Lead walkers included Supreme Court president Lady Hale, Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC MP, and Law Society president Christina Blacklaws.
From a starting line at the Law Society, walkers followed one of two routes. ‘River and bridges’ crossed the Thames at Blackfriars, and went along the south bank to Vauxhall Bridge. ‘Parks’ took a long loop through Green Park, St James’s and Hyde Park, returning vie The Mall and Strand. Long lines of walkers were visible from both sides of the Thames and Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. A carnival atmosphere reigned at the Bell Yard Finishing Line, where walkers were greeted by a band, food vans, a street bar and people on stilts.
The event is the lead fundraising event for the London Legal Support Trust, which supports charities that provide ‘life changing legal advice and representation to those in need’ in London and the southeast. The estimated total raised so far: £850,000.
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