The London Legal Support Trust is an independent charity that raises funds for free legal advice services in London and the South East. We support free legal advice centres across London and the South East through the provision of grant funding, supporting sector infrastructure, helping agencies reduce costs and save money via pro bono or discounted schemes.
Access to justice
Access to justice means that people should be able to equally access legal support, advice, and representation if they need to, irrespective of their financial position. Individuals should be able to fairly seek and achieve remedies for grievances and be able to enforce their economic and social rights, without needing to be in a position of wealth or power.
Receiving the legal advice they need makes a huge difference to these people’s lives, while also reducing debt, poverty and homelessness, and combatting discrimination and injustice. However, many people are unable to access justice due to multiple barriers, including legal aid cuts, as well as court closures.
The amazing achievements of these advice agencies more than demonstrate their value to society; Law Centres, Citizens Advice, and other specialist legal advice agencies are supporting thousands of vulnerable clients every day. These agencies are working tirelessly to support their local communities (frequently, this is regardless of whether they have a Legal Aid contract or not), and the value of their work is unparalleled. In the age of restricted access to justice, lack of funding, and decimated legal aid, the advice agencies are providing a beacon of hope to those who have nowhere else to turn.