Team Giles Wilson at Legal Pride 2016
My first time attending a Pride march was a particularly special one, as I had the opportunity to represent Giles Wilson as part of Legal Pride. The Law Society formed this group with the goal of demonstrating that all are equal under the law. As a member of the LGBT community, it was a proud moment to walk alongside my fellow legal professionals.
Marching with Legal Pride
Accompanied by my “straight allies” Chantelle Bradley and Carley Webb, we arrived in London for 11:30am to join the 120 participants involved in the march. The group encompassed a wide range in the legal sector, with representatives of the Law Society, the Bar Council, CILEx and more in attendance. Some barristers even arrived in full gown and wigs, an impressive feat considering how warm it was!
After an extended wait, we set off at 4pm down Regent Street. Thousands lined the streets to watch us march, most of them clapping or blowing horns and whistles. As I was tasked with carrying a flag bearing the #LawWithNoFilter motto of the event, I walked right next to the spectators, handing out at least 500 high fives along the way.
The crowds increased in size as we descended on Piccadilly Circus, the rain not dampening anyone’s spirits. We reached the conclusion at Trafalgar Square in the early evening, just as the Red Arrows flew overhead and the traffic lights bore a variety of LGBT symbols.
Legal Pride at Giles Wilson
London Pride had a special significance this year following the tragic events in Orlando earlier in the month, which was evident in the outpouring of public support. To me, Pride represents a message of general acceptance and this was illustrated throughout our march.
This message of acceptance and equality is definitely expressed in Giles Wilson’s approach. In my time here, the firm has been a keen advocate of diversity in law, which extends to those in the LGBT community.
For instance, our fertility law specialist Caroline Andrews has helped a number of same sex couples navigate the legal complexities of same sex parenting. Our family law experts offer comprehensive advice in this area, from drafting pre-civil partnership agreements to establishing parental responsibility.
We are here to give effective guidance to all couples (same sex or otherwise), whether your family is growing or separating. Get in touch on 01702 477106 to arrange a free, 30-minute consultation in Leigh On Sea or Rochford.