A week after Lady Justice Hallett warned against her courtroom be ‘turned into a circus’ – see HERE – and the circus turned up to the Royal Courts of Justice. On Monday stilt-wearing jugglers joined top lawyers – including the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions – for the London Legal Walk outside the court on the Strand.
Some 6,054 walkers raised £525,000 completing 10km sponsored walk for the legally aided advice sector in London and the South East.
It was an unprecedented show of solidarity by lawyers for the legal advice sector which will struggle to survive as a result of the government’s brutal program of legal aid cuts. The government is proposing to remove £350m from the £2.2bn legal aid budget by removing entire areas of law from the scope of legal aid – including most areas of social welfare law – see HERE.
The JusticeGap team was out in force with more than 25 walkers. We raised over £2,000. Thanks to everyone who joined us.
- If you want to read an account of the walk, read Louise Restell’s blog (Team JusticeGap, probably the best team in the world).
It is not often the legal profession manages to unite over anything, but on this issue it seems they are one. Over 6,000 people from organisations as diverse as Doughty Street Chambers, Allen & Overy, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Buckinghamshire Magistrates, the College of Law, Islington Law Centre, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Unison, KPMG and Network Rail (assuming they managed to get there on time) joined the London Legal Walk to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust. The money raised, around £550,000, goes to support the vital work of law centres and legal advice agencies across London and the South East.
- You can also watch a film by Jon Harman, director of media at the College of Law HERE.
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon's books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year's Criminal Justice Alliance's journalism award