On Monday evening 17th June over 15,000 people, the majority of them lawyers, took part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for free legal advice services in London and the South East. Participants are estimated to raise £830,000 from the 10k walk through Blackfriars, Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street and Chancery Lane around all the key places associated with the English legal system.
Walkers from Brunel Law School included academic staff and students: Dr Hayleigh Bosher, Dr Pamela Nika, Anjali Kemwal, Pro-Bono Coordinator, Head of School, Professor Arad Reisberg, as well as law students.
Now in its 15th year, the annual London Legal Walk has attracted the support of the whole of the legal profession who fundraise to enable colleagues in local Law Centres, Citizens Advice services and other advice agencies to help people to access vital free legal aadvice.
Celebrating the centenary of the first hundred years of women being eligible to study law in England, Lead Walkers including Lady Hale, Baroness Kennedy, Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC MP, and President of the Law Society, Christina Blacklaws, who walked down Chancery Lane to the Law Society, signalling the start of the walk.
As well as raising vital funds, the 2019 London Legal Walk participants had the chance to view a free exhibition at the Law Society at the end of the walk, celebrating the contributions of women in the legal profession over the last 100 years.
“Such a great opportunity to bond with my group whilst helping to raise funds for legal charities that provide an incredibly important service to those that do not have the means to access justice in our society.”
Fernanda de Faria, First Year, LLB