QC thanks profession as his billable hour appeal for refugees smashes £100k mark

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By Alex Aldridge on

Total keeps rising as campaign continues into fifth day


The lawyers’ ‘Billable Hour Appeal’ for refugees broke the £100,000 mark over the weekend as donations continued to flood in from members of the legal profession.

The campaign, which was launched by 11KBW silk Sean Jones QC on Thursday evening last week, has — at the time of publication of this article — raised £120,492.10.

Not bad for a humble JustGiving page whose initial target was £7,500.

On Saturday evening Jones took to Twitter to share a thank you video — featuring his barristers’ wig — with his followers.

The almost 1,000 people who have made donations include overseas lawyers, as the appeal has gone global, and a handful of wannabe lawyers — the youngest of whom is just 10.

Jones’ brilliant idea has spawned a host of similar fundraising pages for other professions, such as accountants. But so far the lawyers are streets ahead in terms of money raised.

You can donate here.