20th June 2013
Cartwright King take part in the Access to Justice Legal Walk
Staff at Cartwright King took to the streets of Nottingham to take part in the 5th annual 10K ‘Access to Justice’ legal walk.
The Cartwright King team included Director Maria Moore and solicitors from prison law , immigration, mental health and criminal defence departments, Naomi De Silva, Rachel Harvey, Rebecca Charlesworth, Louise Winning, Laura Pinkney, trainee solicitor Tom Hughes and Rachel Panter. The Legal walk was to raise money for the charity Midland Legal Support Trust (MLST).
The Nottingham Legal Walk is one of a series of 10k walks held around England and Wales. Walking in teams representing chambers, law firms, courts, law colleges or in-house legal departments, walkers raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide free legal advice to people in desperate need.
Pro bono (free) legal assistance compliments, but is no substitute for legal aid. In the same way the Foundation is directed to supporting the delivery of pro bono advice or assistance, but never in place of the legal aid system.
Due to the recent changes in civil legal aid and the proposals recently announced in relation to criminal legal aid, this means that the number of people entitled to legal aid will be reduced and the demand for such services provided by MLST is likely to increase. This charities work, combines with the readiness of the legal profession to act in the public interest by providing legal advice and assistance pro bono (free) in cases of need, and in collaboration with the voluntary and not-for-profit sector.
Without these charities access to free legal help, many of the most vulnerable members in society would not be able to enforce their rights. It is unfortunate that charities have to be set up in order to provide access to justice, as we believe everyone should have the right to the best representation, legal justice and legal aid.