On 12th September lawyers from West Sussex and East Hampshire along with colleagues and friends will be walking the annual Chichester legal walk to support local free legal advice centres.
The walk is expected to raise over £3,500 to promote access to justice for the most vulnerable.
Walkers already include lawyers from law firms including George Ide LLP, MacDonald Oates LLP and Swain & Co have already signed up along with Barristers from Pallant Chambers.
This 10km sponsored walk is organised by the London Legal Support Trust (LLST) and all funds raised support Citizens Advice services in the area.
Bob Nightingale MBE, founder of LLST, commended the lawyers for supporting local advice agencies saying:
“In recent years life has become even harder for the most disadvantaged people. Austerity has caused hardship among the poorest people and created problems such as debt and homelessness. Often the advice agencies are the only place where those people can get help.
“2013 cuts to legal aid for many areas of welfare law mean that people who can’t afford to pay a solicitor can no longer turn to high street solicitors for help with matters such as benefits, employment or disrepair. Now changes to the benefits rules for people with disabilities is creating even more pressure on the advice agencies.
“It’s fantastic that local lawyers will turn out year after year to raise funds to help to ease that problem.”
For more information or to register a team please go to tinyurl.com/ChichesterLW18