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After taking part in the first Liverpool Legal Walk last year, we’re heading out again tonight, joining over 20 other local law firms in a sponsored 10k walk round the city centre to raise money for the North West Legal Support Trust. Accompanied by members of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and several prominent figures from the legal industry here in Liverpool, we’ll be setting off from outside the Crown Court on a route that will take us round many of the famous sights in the city.
Access to justice should be equally available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.
The North West Legal Support Trust (NWLST) is a charity established as part of a network of seven Trusts across England and Wales working with the Access to Justice Foundation, to raise funds to distribute to free legal advice services across the North West region.
The NWLST works to support law centres, citizen advice bureaux, legal advice agencies and other organisations by providing them with grant funding. They do this by holding fundraising events, and then delivering those funds to the agencies where they are needed through grant rounds.
This financial support assists these organisations so they can continue to give free legal advice to those most vulnerable in our society, on issues such as reducing debt, poverty, homelessness, family matters and combating discrimination and injustice. Receiving the legal advice they need makes a huge difference to these people’s lives.
Community legal advice services are important as they help the most vulnerable individuals and families get treated fairly. They help over 2 million people every year receive protection, shelter & education. For over 60 years legal and advice services have been helping local people to help themselves.
If someone does not get help early in a problem, it will only become more complex, harder to resolve and more costly. The right advice early on can save £10 for every £1 invested and keep families together in their homes, and in work and education.
Up to two thirds of the population are unaware of how to get the legal services they need, and nearly 70% have no knowledge of basic legal processes. Less than 50% of young people facing serious problems, for example in housing and education, get the advice they need.
If you would like to support the valuable work that the NWLST does to help ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in society get access to the free legal advice they need, you can donate to our fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving, just follow this link. Everyone from Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors taking part in the walk really appreciates your donations.