A record 14,500 people - most of them lawyers - are registered to take part in Monday’s London Legal Walk, the organisers have revealed. The event is expected to raise more than £800,000 to promote access to justice in London and the southeast.
Lawyers from all parts of the profession recognise the need for free legal help for vulnerable people and come together to raise funds, organiser the London Legal Support Trust said. The most senior judges walk side by side with law students; corporate lawyers and QCs with high street solicitors and caseworkers working in front-line advice centres. Many in-house lawyers from multinational companies will also be walking.
Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: ’The London Legal Walk is a highlight of the legal calendar when thousands of solicitors and barristers take to the streets to raise money for organisations which provide free legal advice.
’Access to justice is the cornerstone of English and Welsh law and this fundraising effort helps to ensure free legal advice is available to those who need it the most.'
She noted that 2019 marks the centenary of women being able to practise law. ’This year’s legal walk gives the entire profession the chance to come together to celebrate this anniversary, give back to their local community and raise vital funds for access to justice.
The Gazette is official media partner to the London Legal Walk. For more information see: http://www.londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk.