The team at London-based public law specialist, Sharpe Pritchard, has stepped forward to support the free legal advice sector, which has been hit hard by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Fifty partners and staff at the firm have been pounding the streets and footpaths to raise funds for the Access to Justice Foundation Emergency Advice Appeal by collectively walking or running 1,000 kilometres.
The team had aimed to complete the challenge in 14 days but smashed that target by covering 1,273 kilometres in just nine days.
Ryan Copeland, the Solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard who organised the challenge, said: “Free legal advice services are a vital lifeline for many people across the UK who either cannot afford legal advice or do not know how to access it.
“Demand for these services is especially high at the moment, with large numbers of people facing financial difficulties that leave them vulnerable to legal problems and disputes, such as over unpaid rent.
“However, at the same time, the financial uncertainty facing many businesses and individuals during the crisis has seen funding collapse for providers of free legal advice, with some expecting to see their income halved this year.”
Justin Mendelle, the Senior Partner at Sharpe Pritchard, added: “The team has been fantastic in rising to the challenge at this moment of need for the free legal advice sector and the people it serves.
“I hope that the money raised will make an important difference to those in need at this time.”