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 infrastructure of the sector, and helping agencies reduce costs and save money via pro bono or discounted schemes.
Access to justice means that people should be able to equally access legal support, advice, and representation if they need, 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, 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 centres are supporting thousands of vulnerable clients every day across the country. 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.
We are part of a network of seven Legal Support Trusts across England and in Wales working with the Access to Justice Foundation to support pro bono and advice agencies, ensuring funds can be distributed where needed most throughout England and Wales. To find out more please visit www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk