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23 May 2017

How many litigators does it take to build a bike?

A hundred it appears! Litigators from Charles Russell Speechlys gathered in London for a rather unusual charity challenge, that of building road bikes from scratch. The challenge certainly tested the litigators with much debate and discussion about precisely the task needed to be completed! The fully built (and tested!) cycles were donated to Carers Trust, the firm’s nominated charity for 2017.

The Carers Trust provides support, services and recognition, for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Eight of the bikes built are being donated directly to individuals carefully selected by Carers Trust, and two will be raffled off to raise additional funds for the charity.   One of the highlights of the afternoon was a presentation from Alex at the Carers Trust who shared the heart-warming stories of the carers who had been selected to receive the mountain bikes. Click here to read their stories.

One young carer who has now received his bike has said:

“I would really really like to thank everybody at Charles Russell Speechlys for giving me this bike. I think the bike is going to help me to do more exercise and hope that I am going to lose more weight again. Blue is my best colour so it is a double surprise. I really am so happy."

Duncan Elson, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, commented: “Our litigation practice is growing, so bringing lawyers from around the world together to discuss strategy and work together is important for a firm that values personal relationships. It also presented an ideal opportunity to support Carers Trust and the important work they do in a creative way.”