Thousands of lawyers and legal English students will be participating in this year’s London Legal Walk to raise money for community legal advice services.
Each year the London Legal Walk brings the legal profession together to help keep vital of free legal advice services such as law centres and Citizens Advice Bureaux operating. These services are often the only way for poorer members of society to secure legal advice because of reductions to legal aid funding by the government.
The ten kilometre walk will take place on Monday 17 June, beginning outside the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand with teams of walkers starting their walks from 4pm. In 2018, nearly 15,000 legal professionals took part, raising £830,000 for the charities. It is free to sign up and the hope is that each participant seeks to raise at least £75.
The President of the Law Society said that “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. 2019 also 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.”
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