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Walk this way: join us for the London Legal Walk
Elizabeth Harper of the London Legal Support Trust shares more details of this year’s London Legal Walk on 18 October, why it’s vitally important for maintaining access to justice, and how to get involved.
‘Motivation Monday’ on 18 October will take on a new meaning for thousands of legal professionals in central London as they take on the highly anticipated London Legal Walk. The walk is back this year as an in-person event, for the first time since 2019.
What is the London Legal Walk?
- A 10km walk (or run) in central London (with a choice of three routes, plus an accessible route) on Monday 18 October
- Starting from Carey Street behind the Royal Courts of Justice, finishing with a street party (also on Carey Street)
- Registration is from 2pm-7pm and teams can walk together to complete the route up to 10pm
- For those who are unable to get to central London, there is the option to walk a 10km route closer to home
How did it start?
The first London Legal Walk was in 2005.
At the time, Bob Nightingale MBE, founder of London Legal Support Trust (LLST), was working in south-west London law centres, and could see funding rapidly decreasing, yet the number of people needing help increasing.
Along with a small committee, Bob organised a 10km sponsored walk in central London.
The walk attracted 330 people from the legal community who all recognised they could help, and together, they raised £37,000.
The momentum has continued through to today – there was even a virtual event in 2020, which raised over £550,000.
Why you should walk with us
LLST is an independent funder striving to increase access to justice through free legal advice.
We help to support over 100 frontline free legal advice charities in London and the south-east through:
- provision of grant funding
- supporting infrastructure of the sector, and
- helping agencies reduce costs and save money via pro bono or discounted schemes as part of our grants plus commitment
LLST’s biggest fundraising event of the year is the London Legal Walk; we’re able to help fund frontline free legal advice agencies because of the donations and support from the legal community.
We speak to agencies daily, who tell us that people walk through their doors, or call their support lines, in desperate need of help.
Often, one issue has spiralled into another. Anti-poverty charity Z2K (Zacchaeus 2000 Trust) says: “We get a high number of returning clients who might have another issue come up, so we’d open another case for them. There are normally quite a lot of linked issues causing a client to be in poverty or struggling, and we try and address as much as we can.”
Who will I be walking with?
Once again, this year, we’re honoured by the support of senior members of the legal and judicial community as our lead walkers, including I. Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She says:
“I look forward to seeing you all at the London Legal Walk on 18 October. For the first time in over two years, the whole of the legal profession will be able to walk together (albeit maintaining a bit of distance) to raise funds for free legal advice charities.
“Over the intervening two years, the number of people needing legal help, particularly with debt and benefits, has risen dramatically. So, may I urge everyone to raise as much as possible on their fundraising web pages to support the charities that help people in crisis.”
Enthusiasm and support for the return of the in-person London Legal Walk has been incredible.
Nearly 600 teams (and counting) have signed up, including law firms, chambers, legal advice agencies and members of the judiciary.
We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has registered a team and all the supporters and sponsors of the event.
I'm keen to sign up – what do I do now?
Register by Friday 8 October and you will be sent regular information, tips and help on how to raise those all-important funds.
Register for the Legal Walk by:
We look forward to seeing you on Monday 18 October.
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