On a beautiful summer evening on 8 July, teams from many local law firms (all recognizable by their individual team t-shirts), together with members of the judiciary and voluntary services like the Citizens Advice Bureau, their children and dogs, all gathered outside the Guildford County Court ready to walk or run the annual legal walk. This event takes place every year, across various counties, and is organised in this area by the London Legal Support Trust. London Legal Support Trust is one of seven Legal Support Trusts working with the Access to Justice Foundation to support pro bono and advice agencies.
Barlow Robbins enter a team every year and this year was no exception, with team members from all disciplines of the firm including family, private wealth and tax, commercial property, dispute resolution and employment. The walk/run follows a 5-mile circuit from the town centre, along the river to the Shalford playing fields, into Chantry Wood and up onto Pewley Down where the views are spectacular. Then heading back down into the town to Clyde & Co’s offices for some well-earned refreshments and socialising.
The funds raised in Guildford from this annual event have primarily been used to support Surrey Law Centre. However, the centre sadly had to close its doors meaning that there is currently a severe lack of services in the area offering free advice and assistance to those unable to afford legal fees. It is hoped that the funds raised this year will assist in extending the services of South West London Law Centres’ Kingston branch throughout Surrey to become the Kingston and Surrey branch.
By Beverley Cullis, Associate Chartered Legal Executive, Family Law, Barlow Robbins