'We walked the law, and the law won'

'We walked the law, and the law won'

To paraphrase Bob Marley,  "The sun was shining the weather was sweet. Made us wanna move our walking feet".

On 19 May 2014 the Purpose Built bloggers joined 8300 others from the legal community for the 10th London Legal Walk raising £530,000 for the London Legal Support Trust.  The trust supports over 80 charities in London and the South East, providing legal assistance to some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community.  First held in 2005, participation in the walk has spiralled from a modest 330 walkers at inception and over the years has raised in the region of £3 million pounds.

The scenic route led from the Royal Courts of Justice through St James' and Hyde parks taking in the majestic sights of London, resplendent in a perfect summer's evening sunshine.  The jostling column of walkers tested commuters to the limit (enjoining one cyclist to declare 'out the way you fools!!!!') and struck a sharp contrast with summer revelers lazing on the grass, bracing the Serpentine, splashing in the Princess Diana fountain, or merely musing the deeper meaning of Trafalgar's large blue cockerel.  Spurred on at each kilometre by the ever enthusiastic marshals, we enjoyed bumping shoulders (literally) with friends and colleagues across the legal community.

Subscribing to the Attorney General's philosophy, a man who clearly believes in doing what it said on his shirt, the LexisNexis team of 115 struck a pose in their black shirts "We walked the law , and the law won"

Look out for us next year or if you can't wait.... get involved now at http://londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/get-involved

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Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.