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We’re once again heading out around Liverpool City Centre later this month as part of the 2014 Liverpool Legal Walk. Along with around 20 other firms we’ll be taking part in a sponsored 5k walk round the city centre on Thursday 25th September to raise money for the North West Legal Support Trust.
Last year’s event saw around 160 lawyers and other staff from local firms join with members of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the President of the Liverpool Law Society and several other prominent solicitors and barristers. Our team tackled a course running from the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts right around the city centre, before ending in the Slug and Lettuce pub for some well deserved refreshments.
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, Citizens 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.
Speaking about the importance of free legal advice, Ian Troop, one of the Partners here at Canter Levin & Berg, who will also be on our Legal Walk team this year, said:
"At a time when the availability of legal aid is being drastically reduced, the most vulnerable and in need in society are finding essential legal advice and support harder to come by. That is why the excellent work done by NWLST is more important than ever and why we are proud to do what we can to support it."
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.