LSBU law students and staff walk for access to legal advice
21 May 2014
Law Department organised a team of students, staff, alumni and supporters who
walked to raise funds for our own LSBU Legal Advice
walk was organised by the London
Legal Support Trust, an independent charity which
raises funds for free legal advice services in London and the South East.
year's walk is likely to beat previous records, with an increase in participants
(more than 500 teams; nearly 10,000 walkers) and more money raised than ever
before - over half a million pounds at present.
LSBU team was joined by lawyers, advice workers, supporters and senior figures
in the legal profession, including the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the
Rolls, the President of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the Director
of Public Prosecutions, and the President of the Law Society.
Russell, Director of the Legal Advice Clinic said: 'It was a great evening; the
weather was just perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our stroll along the river
through to Hyde Park, a big thank you to all our walkers and everyone who
walk could not have come at a better time for cash-strapped legal advice
agencies and their clients. Funding cuts to legal aid mean that since 2013
there's been no publicly funded debt, employment, welfare benefits and
education advice at all.
family and immigration advice is now restricted to all but a handful of cases
and that's precisely the type of work we do in the Clinic."
LAC, which has helped more than 1000 clients since opening in September 2011,
provides a free face-to-face community legal advice service, staffed by trained
law students and supervised by experienced, practising social welfare law
this year the LAC and its satellite Helpdesk at Lambeth County Court were highly
commended in the LawWorks and Attorney General's Pro Bono Awards 2014