FAQs about LLST
Why does LLST need to exist?
Many of the advice agencies we support are run on such tight
budgets that any such "administration" as the time and staffing
needed for raising money is not funded and so unless they have
volunteers who are skilled in this area it will either detract from
other work or not be carried out. The Trust is entirely self
funding and so does not take away from any funding pools that exist
for legal advice providers so any work it does and money raised
only benefit the wider community.
Does LLST provide legal services itself?
No, we work solely on the fundraising and social policy side of
things. Our beneficiaries are the advice agencies we support and if
they are in need of legal advice we try to help find this pro bono
either through LawWorks (the solicitors pro bono group), the Bar
Pro Bono Unit or by approaching one of the law firms who take part
in LLST events.
Why is keeping free legal advice going so important?
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
To see some examples of the cases our work funds please click here