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Published On: May 10, 2018 | Blog | 0 comments

The London Legal Walk – why we walk?

Monday, 21 May 2018 will see the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of people taking part in the 10km London Legal Walk to raise money for The London Legal Support Trust. The charity works diligently to raise money for free legal advice centres in London and the South East, including law centres, advice agencies and citizens advice bureaux.

The London Legal Walk is organised by The London Legal Support Trust as one of their big fundraising events of the year. Year on year donations have increased, from £391,000 in 2008 to a record £800,000 last year. Without such donations, many of these free advice centres would be unable to function, leaving many without access to justice.

The government cutbacks of legal aid in 2013, have meant that public funding is now generally unavailable for most civil cases. This has meant that many more people are seeking the assistance of free legal advice centres, who themselves are receiving less funding. Therefore events such as this are a prime opportunity to raise much needed funds.

Having volunteered with the citizens advice bureau myself, I can confidently state that they and the other charities that either give or host free legal advice services provide an integral facility to those in need within our communities. This includes for instance those living with a disability or illness who need assistance or those facing homelessness, or living in awful housing conditions.

The reality is that anyone can find themselves in a situation where they require urgent legal advice. Our legal system is held in high esteem throughout the world, with the rule of law being a key principle. Therefore there should be access to justice for all, not only those who can afford to pay legal fees.

The majority of those that take part in the event work within the legal community including judges and lawyers, but the event is open to anyone who is interested in preserving access to justice.

Please support us in raising money for a fantastic and vital cause. Our team’s fundraising page is:

* Disclaimer: The information on the Anthony Gold website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. It is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied.*

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