On Monday 17th June Charter Chambers will be walking to raise funds for free legal advice charities. This includes law clinics, pro bono units, citizens advice bureaus and many many more valuable services (for full list see HERE).
Last year the walk saw over 10,000 people take to the streets and raised £830,000 which helped more than 100 advice agencies to provide free legal advice to thousands of the most disadvantaged people in London and the South East. Just a few examples of those helped include:
Richard, an apprentice, whose mother suffered early dementia and was taken in to a home and then Richard’s father died. The housing association decided to evict Richard as they said he wasn’t entitled to succeed to the tenancy of the flat.
Richard wasn’t entitled to legal aid but his local law centre took on the case and after months of argument, the housing association accepted Richard as a tenant. Then he was served with a notice to quit because of the rent arrears that had built up while the case had been argued. The Law Centre gained backdated benefits and then gained discretionary relief for the bedroom tax. Finally Richard was settled and able to continue with his apprenticeship.
Jean who was working as a hotel receptionist on low pay. When she’d worked 200 hours she received a payslip that said she owed the hotel £215. The hotel had deducted costs of “no-show” bookings and other costs from Jean’s wages. A pro bono volunteer from FRU represented Jean at tribunal where she was awarded all of the wages due to her.
Gita was trafficked into the UK and forced to work from the age of 5 years old. She was kept as an unpaid maid and was routinely abused. Aged 15 she managed to escape. Without money, language skills or an understanding of normal life in the UK she lived on the streets before being placed in care. With the help of her local Law Centre she applied for refugee status and was properly recognised as a victim of trafficking. She is now beginning to build a new life.
The walk is 10km long. It starts and ends in Carey Street behind the Royal Courts of Justice. Our team is made up of a range of members of chambers from our clerk’s room right through to our QC’s. Anyone wishing to join us for this great cause, please contact Tasmin Malcolm on Tasmin.Malcolm@charterchambers.com to sign up and be part of our Charter Chambers team.
Please help our fundraising efforts by visiting our just giving page HERE to donate what you can.
*Information provided by London Legal Support Trust