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" (publically funded work),
funding from local authorities and 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
combating discrimination and injustice. You can see some examples
of how individuals, families and communities have been helped here.
The London Legal Support Trust works to support law centres,
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 those funds 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 the law is
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
To read more about what we did in 2011 click here
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