What Is It With Solicitors And Abseiling?

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By Alex Aldridge on

Look upwards when you’re walking along the street these days and chances are you’ll see several solicitors abseiling off buildings.

Some law firms like Hill Dickinson and Hogan Lovells have their solicitors do it out of their office windows. Others pick big-name regional attractions to descend, like the Forth Road Bridge (Dundas & Wilson, Gateley), Somerset’s Uphill Quarry (Ashfords) and Reading’s The Blade building (Blandy & Blandy)…

Google “law firms” and “abseiling” and you’ll find many, many more examples. In fact, I don’t think there’s a single law firm in the country which isn’t heavily involved in abseiling. I’d even go so far as to estimate that over 50% of the solicitors reading these words are doing so from their iPhones while dangling 100 feet in the air somewhere.

The solicitor-abseilers claim it’s all about charidy, but judging by the grins on their faces, I’m not so sure.

Indeed, at the risk of alienating readers, I’d suggest that the controlled risk and veneer of danger associated with abseiling make it a kind of paradise for solicitors.

Which is lovely for them. But if they really want to help those in need, why don’t they tear themselves away from the side of a building for a moment and do some pro bono instead?