The 7th London Legal sponsored walk May 16th 2011 5.30 From the Royal Courts of Justice
And Allen & Overy will buy all walkers a drink at the end of the walk Walk leaders so far confirmed include
Lord Judge- The Lord Chief Justice Lord Neuberger- The Master of the Rolls Linda Lee- The President of the Law Society Peter Lodder QC- The Chair of the Bar Council David McGrady- The President of ILEX With
Keir Starmer QC- The Director of Public Prosecutions Alastair Pitblado- The Official Solicitor
And special guest walker Dominic Grieve QC MP- The Attorney General “An egalitarian affair that shows the legal profession at its very best”
Joshua Rozenberg- walker- May 2010 The walk is supported by:
The LONDON LEGAL SUPPORT TRUST, 40 Alexandra Road , Epsom Surrey KT17 4BT Tel: 01372 810466 firstname.lastname@example.org www.londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk PRESIDENT: The Rt. Hon the Lord Judge PATRONS: The Rt. Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Cherie Booth Q.C. Registered Charity No: 1101906
Hello Everyone Welcome to the first 2011 team organisers’ newsletter Over 80 teams have now registered putting us well ahead of any previous year with 11 weeks to go. Most of you are old friends returning but we already have some new teams in the walk including Bexley College, City of Westminster Magistrates Court, Inner Temple, The Magistrates Association, the Migrants Law Project, RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Roll on Friday, Shelter, Stewarts Law, and Thomson Snell & Passmore A special welcome to those teams and a huge thanks to previous team organisers who have moved firm/ organisation and have started a team for their new office. Well done DLA Piper for once again being first out of the blocks for team building18 walkers is great for the first week. The Stockoe Partnership are not far behind with Akin Gump and Lambeth Council’s in-house lawyers while RadcliffesLeBrasseur are first of our new teams to start building a large team. The Chancery Bar Association get the award for quickest fundraising registering a pack of heavyweight lawyer walkers and raising their first £200 almost immediately As most of you know it is the team organisers who make the walk a success. You are the real stars of the event and if you do your best we will raise a very large amount of money indeed for legal advice agencies who are struggling hard to maintain their services in the recession.
Please start building your teams and letting me have the names. Every walker you recruit produces more funds for the charities Every penny you raise this year is vital. So please do your very best.
Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony summoning walkers in 2010 (the year of the vuvuzela)
The very basics Team organisers find as many willing walkers as they can. They let us know the names of walkers as they get them. They pass on news and messages from us to their team and they get their walkers to the Royal Courts of Justice somewhere between 4.30 and 6.00 where they walk 10kms and end up at the Law Society Registering your walkers To register new walkers you send us their names. That’s all. If you have added them to your web page yourself please let us know otherwise we will add them for you. Please send the names in your e-mail or on a Word Doc. NOT ON EXCEL- we can’t cut and paste Excel to web pages or easily to our lists. You will see at the bottom of this newsletter that there is now a senior lawyer list. If anyone you register is a partner or a QC or other senior lawyer please tell me. Please don’t be grumpy about getting used to Virgin. It isn’t quite as easy as Just Giving but it is a lot cheaper! Every walker you recruit produces more funds for the charities Every penny you raise this year is vital. So please do your very best. The fundraising If you don’t have a web page for the walk yet, please ask us to make one for you . As we have moved to Virgin Money Giving this year (to save costs) it’s easiest if we draft it for you and then you can amend it as you wish once we have done that. The web pages make fundraising very easy for those walkers who don’t mind asking people to sponsor them online. The gift aid forms are for offline donations and are necessary because some people don’t like sponsoring online and some people will only sponsor if you happen to bump in to them. So the best fundraising is a mix of online and offline but where possible the online sponsorship makes life much easier. Even though Virgin Money Giving makes a charge, we actually receive more on average from online sponsorship than from offline. That is because so many people fail to get the sponsors’ name and HOME address for the gift aid form to go with the offline sponsorship. Please impress on your team how important it is to get the HOME address of the sponsor. We will never use that address for anything but claiming gift aid.
FAQs There are a few questions that new organisers always ask - here are some answers Q. Can non lawyers walk for our team? A. YES! Anyone can take part in the walk; Lawyers, support staff, friends and family are all welcome. It is your choice who is in your tea. We do ask all walkers to gain sponsorship except for children coming to the walk with their parents- for whom it is an optional extra. Q. How early/ late can walkers start? A. Any time: from 4.00 at the RCJ. After 6.00 walkers register at the Law Society. Q. Is running the walk allowed? A. Yes. Joggers and runners are welcome . You should put “runners welcome” on your publicity to recruit team members. Runners may wish to start a bit earlier than the bulk of walkers. It’s quite hard to run through 5,000 walking lawyers once we get to the parks! Q. Is there a map? A. Yes there is a map but we are just trying to sort out a minor logistical problem with Hyde Park before confirming the route. We clogged the park up a little last year! Q. Where can we leave our stuff on the day? A. There will be a staffed cloakroom at the Law Society from 4.30. Some of our stewards will staff the cloakroom. It’s free (there will be a donations box of course). It will get full quickly. So it’s first come first served. Q. What do I do with cash donated? A There will be a cash desk on the night. So cash may be handed in there. Also, if you have a web page, you can donate the money online using a credit card and keep the cash. Just remember that collective funds should be logged on line as not eligible for gift aid when you pay in. If there were gift aid forms with the donations send those to me and we can claim the gift aid then. . Q what about cheques and CAF/KKA vouchers etc.? A. All cheques and CAF vouchers should be made out to London Legal Support Trust and handed in on the night or posted to 40 Alexandra Road Epsom Surrey KT17 4BT. Even if you are walking for a voluntary agency’s own team the cheques should still be made out to LLST and sent to us. That is because they have to match the gift aid form. Don’t worry- we don’t rob our beneficiary agencies we just do a lot of the work so it’s easy for them to raise funds.
Every walker you recruit produces more funds for the charities Every penny you raise this year is vital
Team organiser tips 1. Try to get a senior member of your organisation to agree to walk first. That will encourage many more walkers. Some people actually like spending time with the senior partner or head of chambers! 2. Invite your clients to join your team. Everyone wants to spend time with their clients! (Law firms and chambers that is, not Judges!) 3. For firms with sponsored law students, ask one of those to organise your students to join your team. Itâ€™s an easy way to enhance the law students feeling of being part of the firm and raises more funds for the team too. 4. Make a poster and get it all round your offices. There will be a prize for best poster 5. In large firms it has worked really well for the team organiser to recruit departmental team organisers so that they recruit walkers from their department. I can send the newsletter and mails out to 6 people in your firm as easily as I can e-mail just you. 6. Using both the web page and forms raises most money because the web page is easy and attracts sponsors while the forms pick up those who donâ€™t like online giving Remember that the forms require the HOME address of each sponsor. Tell your team members that often because they will start using work addresses and that loses us a lot of money. 7. Law firm team organisers Please ask your firm if they will match the funds the team raise or make a donation towards the team funds. It is certainly not compulsory for a firm to do that but most do when the powers that be are asked and the corporate donations make a huge difference to the overall amount raised by the walk.
Please start building your teams and letting me have the names.
Some of our 2010 senior lawyers and judges getting ready to set off
The Poster Competition There is a competition for best team poster. Make a poster and put it up around your office. E-mail me a copy. Chris Wills of Rufus Leonard will judge them and DG Legal will sponsor a cream tea for 2 at a top London hotel for the creator of the best poster
The route We start at the Royal Courts of Justice and walk through temple to the Embankment. Along to Northumberland Avenue and cut up to The Mall. Along to Buckingham Palace and then walking through Green Park, in to Hyde Park and cross the Serpentine half way up to start back through the parks, back through Hyde Park corner and along Pall Mall and the strand to arrive at the Law Society in Chancery Lane at the end. (subject to final arrangements) Start times The official start time is at 5.30 pm which is when the lead walkers set off. However, with 5,000 walkers we encourage staggered start times and teams set off anywhere between 4.00 and 6.00 as they choose. First aid & Insurance First aid on the walk is provided by St. John Ambulance first aiders on push bikes. There will be a mobile number provided to call in a bike to any injury. Public Indemnity insurance for all of the legal walks in England and Wales in 2011 is funded by the Access to Justice Foundation.
Please keep building your teams and letting me have the names.
There is no minimum or maximum number for a team There is no minimum sponsorship level We just ask that team organisers and walkers all do their best
The cause 2011 will be a dreadful year for legal advice agencies and for the people who rely on those agencies for access to justice. Law Centres and specialist legal advice agencies provide their services through a mixture of legal aid contracts, local authority funding and charitable donations. The agencies make a huge difference to people’s lives, reducing debt, poverty and homelessness, and combating discrimination and injustice . The Government propose to remove several areas of social welfare law from the legal aid scheme. Benefits, Debt, Employment and non-asylum immigration are among the areas that are threatened with complete exclusion from the scheme. In addition the Government have cut support to Local Authorities and those cuts are being passed on through cuts in grants to the voluntary sector. By the end of 2011 over £2million will have been cut from the funding of London’s legal advice agencies. Without our help agencies will close. In 2011. Even with our help some will go but it is our aim to maintain as many of the best services as we can. It may seem that the funds you can raise through walking, or even through organising a whole team, will make little difference. However, we are raising funds through many schemes and events and added together they will make a difference. Legal advice charities
Prevent homelessness Reduce debt Ensure proper community care Stop older people going short of heat or food Help to keep young people from sleeping on the streets Challenge exploitation Stop destitution Every walker you recruit produces more funds for the charities Every penny you raise this year is vital. So please do your very best.
Fun and games on the walk All walkers will receive a free drink at the end of the walk (Thanks A&O!!) . We issue vouchers that can be redeemed at any bar in the Law Society or at the Knights Templar pub next door. We will have a disco in the Knights Templar and entertainment at the Law Society including magicians and, of course, Mr. Dooâ€™s amazing stilt walking jugglers.
Start of walk security
End of walk security
Our sister walks If you have contacts in any of the areas covered by legal walks please put them on to us and we will link them up with the walk organisers May 16th Birmingham Nottingham Guildford Newbury Luxembourg June Brighton September Hastings Manchester Leeds Newcastle All these events are supported by
And four cities in Australia will be walking on May 16th London 10k Run We have 48 places in the London 10k Run on Sunday July 10th We ask for a minimum ÂŁ50 fundraising for this event as we pay entry fees First come first served for our places
Our Champion Katie Andrews from Linklaters will run the Paris, London and New York Marathons for us. She is aiming to beat the automatic qualification time for New York if she can Please sponsor Katie at :-
The walk at February 26th Lord Judge- The Lord Chief Justice Lord Neuberger- The Master of the Rolls Linda Lee- The President of the Law Society Peter Lodder QC- The Chair of the Bar Council David McGrady- The President of ILEX Keir Starmer QC- The Director of Public Prosecutions Alastair Pitblado- The Official Solicitor and Dominic Grieve QC MP- The Attorney General Court of Appeal Lord Justice Lloyd District Judges Penny Cushing, Lynda Nightingale, JPs Matt Preston, Mary Clarke, Eileen Stuart-Clark, Robert Gill Solicitor organisations Des Hudson- Chief Executive of the Law Society Paul Newdick CBE- Chair of Lawworks Bar organisations Malcolm Davis-White QC â€“ Chairman , Chancery Bar Association Timothy Fancourt- Vice Chairman, Chancery Bar Association Voluntary Sector Julie Bishop- Chief Executive of the Law Centres Federation Steve Johnson- Chief Executive of Advice UK Senior walkers Professor Sara Chandler Richard Dyton Partner Ceris Gardner Partner Tristan Hallam Partner Mark Hynes Director of Legal & Democratic Services Mark Ormerod CB chief executive Penelope Reed QC Sebastian Rice Partner Marc Sosnow Partner Maria Theodoulou Partner Simon Thomas Partner Mark Traynor Partner
College of Law Simmons & Simmons Maurice Turnor Gardner Russell Jones & Walker Lambeth Council The Law Commission 5 Stone Buildings Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Teacher Stern The Stockoe Partnership Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Bates Wells & Braithwaite
85 teams registered at 26th February 1 Garden Court Penny Clapham 4 Breams Buildings Paul Martin 4KBW (Chambers of Lawrence Power) Spencer Payne 11 KBW Lucy Barbet
39 Essex Street Rebecca Drake Advantage Stationery Supplies Adele Reay Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Steve Blakeley Graeme Bell Harry Keegan Amber Betland Lucy Smith
Sebastian Rice Tom Evans Alex Lemke Holly Butler
Allen & Overy Emma Shaw Attorney Generalâ€™s Office Karen Bush Barnet Law Service Marilyn Sparrow Barnet Refugee Service Peter Salomon The Bar Council Natasha Foy Bar Pro Bono Unit Natalia Rymaszewska Bates Wells Braithwaite Victoria Slater
Berwin Leighton Paisner Alison Klarfeld Bexley College Fiona Jones Chadbourne & Parke Laure Berthelot
Simon Thomas Katie Hyman John McLean Amy Coleman
Chancery Bar Association Malcolm Davis-White QC Georgia Bedworth Penelope Reed QC Child & Child Claire Allen
Timothy Fancourt QC Julia Beer
Mary Block Ian Clarke
City of Westminster Magistrates Court Eileen Stewart Clark JP Clyde & Co Sharon Jewkes
Paul Newdick CBE
College of Law Professor Sara Chandler Crown Prosecution Services Keir Starmer QC
DG Legal David Gilmore DLA Piper Bridget Winters Deepa Devlukia George Godar Karen Coppens Lucy Candey Rachael Cooper
Caroline Weir Eleanor Kerslake Jo Skelton Kate Salter Mark Churchman Rebecca Mercer
Debbie Huckerby Francesca Ingram Joe McHale Kit Burden Mark O'Conor Victoria Stansfield
DMH Stallard Katie Hancock Henrietta Tombs
Faye Didcote Megan Wallas.
Field Fisher Waterhouse Shireen Irani Fishburns Jennifer Hutchinson Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Claire Everest Government Legal Services Victoria Harper-Ward Hatton Cross Tribunal Pat Monro Hailsham Chambers David Juckes Herbert Smith Richard Brophy
Hogan Lovells Lynne Peabody ILEX David McGrady Inner Temple Henrietta Amodio K&L Gates Katie Wright Kingston Magistrates Court Matt Preston JP Kirkland & Ellis Stephanie Biggs Landmark Chambers Daryl Hughes The Law Commission Mark Ormerod
The Law Society Linda Lee
LB Lambeth Legal & Democratic Services Mark Hynes Kevin Drury Alison McKane Wayne Chandai Peter Flockhart Joy Allen Dave Burn Fateha Salem Lawworks Sarah Cox Leigh Day & Co Dionne Amoo LG Catherine Naylor London Legal Support Trust Amber Gorsi The Magistrates Association Robert Gill Maitland Chambers Mark Wonnacott Maples Teesdale Shilpa Kotecha Maurice Turnor Gardner Ceris Gardner McDermott Will & Emery Leigh Smith
Andrew Pavlou Nadia Okraku Raman Dale Matthew Mannion
Merton & Lambeth C.A.B. Steve Starling Migrants Law Project Kathleen Commons Norton Rose Bobby Kensah
Notre Dame Refugee Centre Susan Roberts Nursing and Midwifery Council Clare Strickland Office of Fair Trading Jason Freeman Office of the Parliamentary Counsel Catherine Johnson The Office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee Alastair Pitblado Practical Law Company Keely Patmore Principal Registry of the Family Division DJ Penny Cushing RadcliffesLeBrasseur Emma Lort Sarah Davidson Chloe Dockerty
Emma Coombs Laura McGurn
Avnish Ghoorbin Lauren Levenberg
RAD Deaf Law Centre Rob Wilks Richmond Magistrates Court Mary Clarke JP Roll on Friday Laura Paddison
Royal Courts of Justice Lord Judge
Russell Jones & Walker Louise Restell
Selborne Chambers Mark Warwick Shelter Jo Underwood Simmons & Simmons Richard Dyton
Lord Justice Lloyd
Slaughter and May Emma Pownall SNR Denton Amy Clarkson Stewarts Law Kathy Pinney The Stockoe Partnership Maria Theodoulou John Grimmer Deborah Jaggers Dino Charalambous Rhys Mardon
Daniel Bonich Paul Okebu Martin Oâ€™Donnell Sharaz Hussein Helen Ahmet
Tanfield Chambers Joanne Meah Teacher Stern Marc Sosnow
Thomson Snell & Passmore Chehraz Hamed
Tooks Chambers Carol Thomas Travelex Natalie Salunke Trowers & Hamlins Stephane Koumba University of Portsmouth SU Jack Lloyd Vodafone (London) Nick Woodrow Vodafone (Newbury) Poppy Tolcher Wragge & Co Lorna Gavin
Teacher Stern 2010
Brian Swan, Tony Argyrou, David Campbell Amjid Jabbar