London South Bank University's (LSBU) Law Department, together with the South London Law Society, this week participated in the 11th annual London Legal Walk - walking 10 kilometres to raise funds for LSBU's Legal Advice Clinic.
The London Legal Walk is a sponsored 10 kilometre walk around some of London's legal landmarks, organised by the London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity which raises funds for free legal advice services in London and the South East.
This year's London Legal Walk saw the highest participation its 11-year history, with more than 7,500 walkers and over £575,000 raised so far.
LSBU's Law Department organised a 25-strong team of students, staff and supporters who walked to raise funds for the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic.
The LSBU team was joined by lawyers, advice workers and senior figures in the legal profession, including the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the President of the Law Society.
The two-hour walk kicked off the Royal Court of Justice, after which it continued along the river, through Green Park and Hyde Park, before finishing back at the Law Society in Chancery Lane.
Alan Russell, Director of the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic, said: "It was a great evening. Thank you to all the students, colleagues and supporters who walked with us or sponsored us. We'll make sure we put the money we raise to good use - providing high-quality social welfare legal advice to the local community and excellent learning opportunities for our law students."
The walk took place at a crucial time, as 1 April 2013 saw the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which has removed debt, employment, welfare benefits, and education advice from the Government's Legal Aid scheme.
LSBU's London Legal Walk team has already raised over £1,500, which will go towards sustaining the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic.
The Clinic, which has helped more than 600 clients since opening in September 2011, provides a free face-to-face community advice service, staffed by trained law students and supervised by experienced, practising social welfare law solicitors.