Legal walks – raising money for pro bono initiatives
Monday 17 June was a glorious day on for the 15th London Legal Walk, which saw a record-breaking 15,000 people take part. Amy Clowrey, Charlotte Parkinson and Kayleigh Leonie share their experiences.
The 10km sponsored walk helps to raise money for local advice services to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society have access to justice, which is hugely important particularly following government cuts to public funding over recent years.
The London Legal Walk is expected to raise in the region of £850,000.
Celebrating the centenary of the first hundred years of women being eligible to study law in England, Lady Hale, Baroness Kennedy, solicitor general Lucy Frazer QC MP and Law Society president Christina Blacklaws walked down Chancery Lane to signal the start of the walk.
The event started at the Law Society and saw walkers pass by Buckingham Palace and through a number of beautiful London parks – St James Park, Green Park and Hyde Park – before heading back to Carey Street for afterparty celebrations.
Former Law Society Council member and LawCare trustee Kayleigh Leonie had the pleasure of walking with the LawCare team who were joined by our friends at LegalCheek.
“Taking part in an annual legal walk is a fantastic way to fundraise for and raise awareness of the important work being undertaken by local advice centres. The London Legal Walk is growing year on year and it is great that so many people are keen to take part in such a key event to promote access to justice to ensure everyone who needs it has access to legal advice.”
The following week, on Monday 24 June, again a glorious day despite prior warnings of a storm, JLD chair, Amy Clowrey, and vice chair, Charlotte Parkinson, (along with puppy Campbell!) were honoured to be asked to take part in the Leeds Legal Walk as lead walkers.
The event started outside the Leeds Combined Courts and concluded at Leeds Beckett University for post-walk celebrations.
Other lead walkers included the vice chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Mr Justice Barling QC, the high sheriff of West Yorkshire, Mr Paul Lawrence and David Barraclough, chair of the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust.
Amy Clowrey and Charlotte Parkinson added:
“It was an absolute honour to be asked to represent the Junior Lawyers Division as lead walkers at the Leeds Legal Walk 2019 and to see so many legal practitioners from in-house, large corporate firms and smaller high street firms, as well as many of the barristers’ Chambers, judges and court staff, come together to promote access to justice.
Unfortunately, not everyone has access to justice, usually due to financial constraints, so whilst it is disappointing that pro bono initiatives are still needed, until everyone has access to legal advice and our courts, they are necessary. The JLD is proud to stand with the Access to Justice Foundation and help it raise these vital funds.
All of the walkers did Leeds proud by making it the biggest legal walk outside of London!”