On Monday 20th May 2013, a team from Stone Rowe Brewer LLP, comprising Danielle Moffat, Jackie Forster, Hayley Eames, Emma Serveld, Victoria Bailey, Caroline McBrearty and Penny Phelps, joined the Lord Chief Justice as well as over 7,000 people from different law firms and chambers to take part in the London Legal Walk.
The purpose of the walk was to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London. These agencies do an amazing job in preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, gaining care for the elderly and disabled and fighting exploitation. They allow access to justice for vulnerable people who are unable to obtain it themselves. Access to justice should be available to everyone despite their financial situation, however this is not always the case. Legal advice agencies and the Citizens Advice Bureau strive to ensure vulnerable people do have a way of accessing justice through publically funded work, as well as funding through local authorities and charitable donations.
The London Legal Support Trust supports law centres, legal advice agencies in London and the South East by providing them with grant funding alongside other forms of support. They are able to do this by holding large fundraising events, most notably the London Legal walk. They then deliver those funds to the agencies where they are most needed, so that the agencies can continue their invaluable work and the Trust further helps to partner the agencies with law firms, and chambers who want to ensure that the law is fair.
Stone Rowe Brewer LLP managed to raise a fantastic £535.00 through sponsorship and money is still being collected. The walk took us via a scenic route through St James’ Park, Green Park and Hyde Park finishing at the Royal Courts of Justice.