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Jean-Yves Gilg

Editor, Solicitors Journal

LLST chosen charity for inaugural Solicitors Journal awards

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The trust's work is fundamental to society and is more important than ever, says SJ's managing editor

The London Legal Support Trust (LLST) has been chosen as the official charity partner at the inaugural Solicitors Journal Awards: Recognising brilliance in a changing legal world.

Part of a network of seven legal support trusts across England and Wales, the LLST works with the Access to Justice Foundation to raise funds to support a wide range of legal services and support pro bono and advice agencies, which allow thousands of indigent and vulnerable people to receive legal assistance.

The London trust works to support law centres and legal advice agencies in the capital and the South East by providing them with grant funding alongside other forms of support.

The majority of the money raised comes from events, most notably the London Legal walk, as well as corporate and individual donations. The LLST then delivers the funds raised to the agencies where they are most needed through grant rounds.

The trust also offers its knowledge and experience of the sector to help the agencies become more sustainable and help to partner them with law firms and chambers who want to help ensure access to justice.

LLST CEO, Natalia Rymaszewska, said: 'We are thrilled to be the chosen charity supported by the inaugural Solicitors Journal Awards. Free legal advice services change people's lives, providing them with expert help in their hour of need.

'You often hear talk about the obligation or duty of lawyers to ensure access to justice and, in our experience, lawyers passionately want to assist. The thousands who turn out for the London Legal Walk each year are a clear illustration of that and LLST are pleased to be a vehicle for enabling that support.

'The objective of the awards, to recognise brilliance in a changing legal world, aligns with LLST's efforts in supporting excellence, innovation, and sustainability. We thank the Solicitors Journal for all their support across the year, and for raising funds to enable us to help even more people.'

Laura Clenshaw, Solicitors Journal managing editor, said: 'The LLST is a fantastic charity, and their London Legal Walk is a staple event for lawyers in and around the capital.

'The most vulnerable in our society - those suffering from domestic violence, asylum seekers, or the elderly - will, at some point, be in desperate need of legal advice, which, due to the crippling cuts made by government, is not always easy to access.

'The LLST's work is fundamental in our society, and it is more important than ever to support them. We are thrilled to have them as our chosen charity for the Solicitors Journal Awards.'

Find out more about how the LLST helps vulnerable people here.

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