Nottingham Legal Walk 2021

Nottingham Legal Walk 2021

Written By: Michelle Foster
Written: 24th Sep 2021

The evening sun was shining on the Magistrates Court on Thursday 23rd September,as everyone gathered to participate in the 2021 Nottingham Legal Walk.  Due to the pandemic, this regular legal walk was missed last year but, this year there was no stopping the eager walkers along with pet's as they received their maps, discussed the route and promised to meet us at the finishing line - the Vat & Fiddle pub!

Lead walkers this year were HHJ Godsmark QC, HHJ Polly Coe QC, Professor Haminder Singh Dua, CBE - High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Under Sheriff and Nottinghamshire Law Society Past President Deborah Hutchinson and Chief Crown Prosecutor and NLS Vice President, Janine McKinney and Andrew Dennis, Nottingham Junior Lawyers Division Chair.  The welcome drinks at the Vat & Fiddle were kindly sponsored by BCL Legal and their representative joining that evening was Himpal Bains.

HHJ Godsmark QC, Professor Harminder Sing Dua CBE - High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire,  Andrew Dennis, HHJ Coe QC, NLS Vice President Janine McKinney, Deborah Hutchinson - Under Sheriff of Nottinghamshire & Past NLS President

HHJ Godsmark QC, Professor Harminder Sing Dua CBE - High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Himpal Bains from  BCL Legal, HHJ Coe QC, NLS Vice President Janine McKinney, Deborah Hutchinson - Under Sheriff of Nottinghamshire & Past NLS President

This year the walk started differently, instead of the big crowd picture in front of the Courts, in compliance with social distancing team photos were taken with the legal walk banner.  We had over 10 teams accounting for over 100+ walkers.  Thank you to Andrew Dennis for mapping the walk around Nottingham, it was just shy of 9k to allow everyone to reach the finishing point before it got too dark!

Team pictures:

Browne Jacobson

Cartwright King Crown Prosecution Service


Nelsons Nottingham Law Centre

OTB Legal

St Anns Advice Centre Stowe Family Law

The University of Law

All the groups were set off in intervals, the last group left the court around 5:45pm.  Various volunteers from Nottingham Law School were plotted around the course.

Nottingham Law School volunteers were organised by law student Anna Ahern.  Anna did a sterling job finding recruits to man the route ensuring our walking teams stayed on track.  Anna also achieved a great raffle prize from Nottingham Race Course, a day at the races!

Event organisers packed up their stands and ventured down to the Vat & Fiddle to get the welcoming room ready.  BCL Legal kindly sponsored the welcome drinks for all our walkers.

There were three dogs with us, enjoying the walk too - hope they got a treat on their return home!

Himpal Bains (BCL Legal), Anna Ahern (Nottingham Law School) Laura Cassidy (Access for Justice) & Michelle Foster (Nottinghamshire Law Society)

Welcoming room ready, the first walkers step across the finishing line. 

Eversheds-Sutherland were the first group to receive their pint of ale in reward for their participation in the charity walk.

First team to cross the finishing line - Team Eversheds-Sutherland

Once all the walkers arrived back, Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine McKinney and Vice President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society, thanked everyone for participating in the walk and raising vital funds for the Access to Justice Foundation.   Funds raised at the Nottingham Legal walk will be used within the region to support legal cases etc.  The firm that raised the most money will be presented with at trophy at the Nottinghamshire Law Society AGM in May 2022.

The evening concluded with the raffle, and everyone chilling resting their feet and enjoying banter with fellow colleagues.   

Team Browne Jacobson crossing the finishing line.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine McKinney addressing the crowd, giving thanks for their support.

One of the many pictures of cute pets taking part in the walk!


Thank you to all those that participated in the event, we look forward to seeing you again in 2022!

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