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Legal Charities Garden Party

The Legal Charities Garden Party (LCGP) was six years in the planning and was largely the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society. It was set up with the express aim of raising funds for charities which provide financial support for lawyers and their dependents who find themselves in need.

The first Garden party was held in Gray's Inn on 6th June 1968. The proceeds from the event, which was organised in aid of the Solicitors' Benevolent Association (SBA), amounted to nearly £350. The LCGP raises funds for charities such as the Barristers' Benevolent Association and SBA which provide financial support for lawyers (and their dependents) who find themselves in need. Since 1987 it has raised over £500,000.

The pattern of the party has changed - but only modestly - over the years. Originally, tickets were bought solely by individuals. Since the early "noughties", however, more and more firms and chambers have recognised the opportunity for their own entertaining and "corporate supporters" (who are permitted to set up their own tables at the edge of the lawn) are now actively encouraged.

Source and more information: The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society