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Raising vital funds

In order to achieve their goals, the Lawyers' Circle are working to raise £50,000.

  • A 'bake off' at Freshfields offices raised £15,000 over a single lunchtime, with stiff competition from men and women across the organisation. With special thanks to Deirdre Trapp and Clarissa O'Callaghan.

  • Kathy Hughes and Kelly Carmichael ran an impressive 10k run for The Lawyers' Circle, raising £5,300.

  • Alastair Fothergill, executive producer of BBC's Frozen Planet series, gave a special lecture at the Royal Geographical Society about his experiences making the series. The evening was a huge success - nearly 350 people attended and the event raised £26,000.

Alastair Fothergill's special lecture at the Royal Geographical Society helped raise £26,000

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Breathing life into the African Women's Rights protocol

As a result of recent success, The Lawyers' Circle were able to sponsor four leading judges from Tanzania and Uganda to travel to the UK to attend the International Association of Women Judges Conference at the start of May 2012. They spent three days at the conference where they met counterparts from around the world and forged new alliances that will help them continue their work building capacity and facilitating support for the African Women's Rights Protocol.

They also hosted a special networking reception at Freshfields offices on 4 May to 'Breathe Life into the African Women's Rights Protocol', which brought together around 200 international judges, solicitors and barristers. The event was chaired by Baroness Brenda Hale, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (the only woman to have ever been appointed as such). As well as hearing from Caroline Muthoni Murithii from Oxfam's partner organisation Equality Now, the sponsored judges shared their experiences of using the Protocol and encouraged their African counterparts to use it to effectively protect and uphold women's fundamental rights. We look forward to updating you on how our work with the protocol develops over the coming months.

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East Africa Food Crisis

Shocked by the food crisis unfolding in East Africa in 2011, Lawyers' Circle founders Miriam Gonzalez and Melanie Hall QC felt moved to raise awareness of the situation and funds to help provide relief.

Miriam Gonzalez hosted an emergency briefing at Admiralty House, highlighting the urgent need for financial support to help the millions of people facing the major food crisis.

Melanie Hall also arranged a dawn-till-dusk fundraising walk along the Devon coastline, which raised a fantastic £16,000.

 We all talked and laughed so much the miles just flew by;
it's been very life affirming for all involved.

Melanie Hall QC

Get involved

Contact Kimberly Haynes by telephone on 01865 472431 or by email at to find out more about The Lawyers' Circle's plans and how you can get involved.