Access to justice should be equally available to everyone,
regardless of their financial situation. This principle is at the
cornerstone of the legal justice system in England and Wales.
In practice it is not the case.
Advice Agencies and Citizens Advice Bureaux work very hard to
try to ensure that vulnerable people do have a way of accessing
justice through a mixture of "Legal Aid" (publicly-funded work),
funding from local authorities, charitable donations, and by using
pro bono volunteers.
Receiving the legal advice they need makes a huge difference to
these people's lives, reducing debt, poverty and homelessness, and
combatting discrimination and injustice. You can see some examples
of how individuals, families and communities have been
The London Legal Support Trust works to support law centres and
legal advice agencies in London and the South East by providing
them with grant funding alongside other forms of support. We
do this by holding large fundraising events, most notably the
London Legal walk, and then delivering the funds raised to the
agencies where they are most needed through grant rounds. We offer
our knowledge and experience of the sector to help the agencies to
become more sustainable and help to partner them with law firms and
chambers who want to help them ensure that the law is fair.
We are part of a network of seven Legal Support Trusts across
England and in Wales working with the Access to Justice Foundation
to support pro bono and advice agencies, ensuring funds can be
distributed where needed most throughout England and Wales. To find
out more please visit www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk
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