Riders from some of Europe’s leading professional firms are swapping their suits and ties for cycling shorts and shoes as they set off this morning on the Mackrell International London2Paris charity event.

The event – organised by leading the leading global legal network that consists of more than 4,500 lawyers from more than 90 member firms in 60 countries – will see riders drawn from some of the world’s top legal practices cycle more than 250 miles in in aid of charity.dsc_0762

The teams of cyclists started in the UK’s capital city today and will ride to the finish line in Paris in just three days.

This year’s London2Paris ride is supporting Larchfield Children’s Home – a charity established to help Tanzanian children whose parents have died of AIDS– and Vaincre la Mucoviscidose – a French charity which provides support to patients and their families affected by cystic fibrosis.

So far Mackrell International’s fundraising activities have raised more than £15,000, with more donations expected in the coming days.

One of the networks founding members, London-based Mackrell Turner Garrett, will be among the teams taking part in this year’s event.

Nigel Rowley, Managing Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett and incoming Chair of Mackrell International, said: “Everyone is really excited about the London2Paris ride and we are delighted to have solicitors from around the world coming together to raise money for two wonderful causes.

“At the heart of Mackrell International is a desire to change the world for the better, whether that is through helping clients or supporting charities such as Larchfield and Vaincre la Mucoviscidose.”

If you would like to know more about Mackrell International’s London2Paris ride, please visit http://www.mackrell.net/london-paris-bike-ride