Lawyers to walk 10k to raise money for advice centres

The seventh London Legal Walk will kick off on the 16 May, inviting students and lawyers to come together to raise massive sums of money for free legal advice centres.

The walk, headed up by the London Legal Support Trust, will be led by top members of the profession including the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge; the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger and the Attorney general Dominic Grieve QC MP.

LawWorks, which has helped organise the event is also participating. Its head of projects Martin Curtis said: “The London Legal Walk keeps getting bigger and bigger each year as more judges and lawyers get involved, but there’s still scope for many of the law schools to ensure they’re represented on the day,”

“It’s a great event to be part of and there’s even a free drink at the end of it, courtesy of Allen & Overy.”

Over 50 organisations have registered so far, which include a cohort of law firms, barristers’ chambers, law schools and other legal entities.

Last year around 4,500 people walked the 10k, raising over £400,000 for law centres and specialist legal advice agencies that provide their services through a mixture of legal aid and local authority funding and charitable donations.

The walk is also supported by a host of organisations including the Law Society, ILEX, the General Council of the Bar, Her Majesty’s Courts Service and Tribunals Service.

Elswhere, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is calling for members of the legal sector to join this year’s community volunteer project, where a team will be jetted off to Malaysia for two weeks.

The aim of the expedition, in association with UK charity Raleigh, is for volunteers to build a gravity water feed system for a local community.

The international development project is now in its third year, following the pilot in 2009, and a 16-day expedition in a village based in the Nilgiri Mountains in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India last year.