A team of around 12 people from Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office stepped up to the challenge of a sponsored walk to help vulnerable people gain access to legal support.
Lawyers, support staff and family and friends joined together for the annual 10K Yorkshire Legal Walk on Monday, May 14th.
The event was organised by the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust (YLST), which helps the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK gain access to free legal advice.
YLST awards grants to charities to ensure vulnerable people can access the help and support they need. These charities support some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society; enabling them to understand their legal issues, access their rights and giving them the ability to regain control of their lives.
John Murray, Executive Partner at Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, said: “Following the recession, many working families’ household incomes have decreased, making paid-for legal advice unattainable.
“The Yorkshire Legal Walk not only helps us raise money for those who need it most, it also raises awareness of what the Trust does.
“It’s heart-warming that so many people from Ward Hadaway decided to take part in the event this year and it demonstrates just how we can make a difference in the community.”
The event is one of a number of walks which run annually across England and Wales.
Martin Hulls, Managing Partner of Ward Hadaway, said: “The Yorkshire Legal Walk is an excellent event for all law firms to come together and take part in and give something back to the communities that we serve.
“We are delighted to support the great work of the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust as we celebrate our 30th anniversary firm-wide, with a decade of that in Leeds and six years in Manchester.
“As a responsible business with the North at the heart of what we do, it is extremely important that we continue to help the most vulnerable in our community gain access to legal services.”
The firm’s efforts come on the back of its involvement in the annual Great Legal Bake earlier this year when the team raised hundreds of pounds for the Legal Support Trust across its three offices in Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.