University Law team to take part in #legalwalk, to fund free legal advice for most vulnerable in society

Date 13.04.2016

Members of the University’s Law department will take part in the Northampton Legal Walk on Monday 25 April, walking a 10km route around town from Northampton Combined Court in Lady’s Lane to Hewitsons Solicitors on Billing Road.

Northampton Legal Walk logo

The University of Northampton team – alongside the University Student Law Society – will join chambers, law firms, law schools and advice organisations from across Northampton on the walk to raise much-needed funds for the provision of free legal advice to those who cannot afford it.

Half of the funds raised by the University of Northampton will support the Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic (run in conjunction with Citizens Advice and Shoosmiths), and the rest will go to the Midlands Legal Support Trust which gives financial support to legal advice organisations to make sure that the organisations can continue to provide free legal advice to the most vulnerable members of society.

The need for free legal advice services has grown in the past few years. The recession has increased poverty and reduced support services, meanwhile funding for the advice sector has reduced. The organisations the Midland Legal Support Trust supports make a huge difference to people’s lives, reducing debt, poverty and homelessness, and combating discrimination and injustice.

The Trust helps to ensure that many of the people most in need get help they would otherwise have been denied. By taking part in the Northampton Legal Walk and fundraising, participants help to secure vital funds needed for this important cause.

To sponsor the team, visit their sponsorship page. To follow the fundraising efforts on Twitter, use the hashtag: #legalwalk.