Supporters brave the weather at Edinburgh Legal Walk

06 Oct


WET weather failed to dampen spirits at the Edinburgh Legal Walk this week, 

This year was the 10th anniversary of the first Scottish Legal Walk in Edinburgh, which was followed in later years by walks in Glasgow and Dundee. Two new walks in Falkirk and Aberdeen were added this year. 

The Faculty of Advocates was a national sponsor alongside the Law Society of Scotland of all five of the Scottish Legal Walks. The walks are organised annually by the Access to Justice Foundation Scotland. The funds raised are used to support the provision of vital legal advice to individuals and communities most in need throughout Scotland. 

“The Scottish Legal Walks are about generosity, community, and helping an important cause,” said Neil Mackenzie KC, Keeper of the Advocates Library. 

“The generosity is about more than donating money: it is also about giving time and effort. I was fortunate to join the Edinburgh Legal Walk and talk with undergraduates, postgraduates, paralegals, solicitors, advocates, members of the Judiciary, and some new canine friends as we walked through our local community. All of the five walks, the sponsors and the walkers raise both money and awareness of the essential work of extending access to justice to the most vulnerable when they need it,” he said. 

The Edinburgh Legal Walk was led by Lord Tyre and participants attended a reception at the end of the walk hosted by the Faculty of Advocates at Parliament House and sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard. 

While the Falkirk, Glasgow and Edinburgh Legal Walks have all already taken place this year, walkers can still sign up to take part in Aberdeen on 11 October and in Dundee on 22 October, and fundraising for all five walks is still open. Participation is open to advocates, devils, solicitors, trainees, law students, paralegals, sheriffs and other legal professionals, as well as their families and friends. More information on how to register – to walk, fundraise or both – can be found here.