In this year of sporting excellence, on Monday 21 May, a team from Gordon Dadds took part in the eighth London Legal Support Trust (LLST) Legal Walk. ‘Team GD’ raised £5,500 by walking 10 kilometres along the River Thames with some six thousand other members of the legal profession.
The London Legal Walk is an annual event to raise money for not-for-profit advice agencies that help the poorest and most vulnerable people in London and throughout the UK. These agencies offer advice in many areas, including social welfare, community care, employment, family and immigration law.
Starting from the Royal Courts of Justice, we set off along Fleet Street, passing through Middle Temple Lane and the historic Inns of Court, the Embankment and towards Vauxhall Bridge, taking in the atmosphere and London’s magnificent skyline.
Having arrived at Millbank Gardens, Managing Partner, Hugh Elder, challenged Michael Farrelly of our Employment team to a sprint and the pair raced an impressive 80 yards in a Bolt v Powell-esque confrontation. There may still be time for Hugh and Michael to get in peak condition to represent Gordon Dadds and their country at the Olympics this summer.
The six thousand-strong procession continued along the South Bank where many street performers were surprised to see so many people taking in their shows. Some of the faster walkers stopped to enjoy an ice-cream before marching on to the Millennium Bridge. As we passed St Paul’s Cathedral we received encouragement from the LLST stewards, re-energising the team and spurring us on down Ludgate Hill and onto the home straights. Up Chancery Lane we trooped, and arrived safe and exhausted (some more so than others) at the Law Society.
The walk was a real team effort, providing an opportunity for members of the firm to catch up with friends and colleagues along the way. The money raised will help support agencies deliver access to justice to those who cannot afford to pay. Team GD are grateful to all those who have supported this event.