The Lord Chief Justice led more than 6000 barristers, judges, clerks, solicitors and law students on this year’s London Legal Walk in aid of charity. They followed a 10km route from the Royal Courts of Justice to the Law Society - technically around the corner but they went via St. James’s Park and Hyde Park.
He was joined by the Attorney-General, Solicitor General, Master of the Rolls, Director of Public Prosecutions, and two Justices of the Supreme Court. The London walk has raised a record £500,000 for legal advice agencies, with money still coming in, according to its organisers, the London Legal Support Trust.
Other Legal Walks will take place across the country, and abroad - a legal walk in Luxembourg is held each year to specifically raise funds for the pro bono organisation, LawWorks. Michael Todd QC, chairman of the Bar Council, said: “At a time of deep cuts to the public purse, including legal aid and local government budgets, the funds raised by the London Legal Walk are needed more than ever.
“I am proud to be leading thousands of walkers in support of the many excellent organisations providing free legal advice across London, all of which provide vital support to people in their darkest hours.”
The London Legal Support Trust will hold a grant application round in July to distribute the funds raised.