A record 12,000 walkers took part in the 13th annual London Legal Walk and are expected to raise £800,000.
Barristers, solicitors, legal executives and students made up 700 teams to complete the 10km course to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust (LLST), which provides funding to law centres and legal advice agencies in London and the South East. Last year’s event saw 10,500 walkers raise £740,000.
Judges from all courts took part, led by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, and the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton.
They were accompanied by the Bar Chair, Andrew Langdon QC, Law Society President, Robert Bourns, Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders and Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC.
Celebrity barrister, Robert Rinder, host of ITV daytime show Judge Rinder, also took part, alongside Conservative former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC and Labour MP for Westminster North and former chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid, Karen Buck.
Vicky Ling, LLST Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted that the legal profession has again risen to the challenge and turned out in even greater numbers than before.
‘Free legal advice services change people’s lives, providing them with expert help to reduce debt, poverty and homelessness, and combat discrimination and injustice. LLST works with the charities we fund to ensure every pound raised goes as far as it possibly can.’