The annual event promotes and supports the work of lawyers who volunteer their services for free to people and organisations who could not otherwise afford legal advice.
Red Lion Chambers remains at the forefront of working with those who are most vulnerable and in need of legal help and recognises the unprecedented challenges that many have faced this year.
In October, RLC members and staff raised much needed funds for London Legal Support Trust, Free Representation Unit and Advocate by participating in the London Legal Walk and continuing a partnership with East London Business Alliance [ELBA] mentoring and supporting aspiring law students from East London. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, the SHIFT25 campaign also goes from strength to strength to address the prejudice and injustices Black communities face in their daily lives and to work towards change with that ‘shift’ taking place by 2025.
Historically, many members have always played a pivotal role in working with charities and community groups. In a recent survey, findings showed that over half of RLC members (51%) offer support to charitable and legal charity organisations with 34% having worked with organisations for over 5 years maintaining long standing relationships.
Head of Education and Training at RLC, Michael Goodwin QC said:
“Coming from a non-legal background where I was the first member of my family to go to university, I understand the barriers faced by those looking to the Bar for a future. It is for me a real privilege to be able to contribute to a number of outreach programmes, working with students aspiring to enter the profession and those looking to progress at the Bar.”
Please see below the work our members have been participating in:
Pro Bono Services
Simon Spence QC
Ed Vickers QC
Ed has for many years provided advocacy training at Middle Temple (focussing on those starting out in pupillage) and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (working on the handling vulnerable witnesses’ course) and he sits on the Middle Temple Scholarship panel – interviewing candidates and awarding means-tested scholarships to Middle Temple students studying for the Bar.
He continues to Chair the CBA’s C21 working group, reviewing the issues facing practitioners working in the Criminal Justice System and is a member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee, reviewing professional ethics policy issues and providing advice to practitioners through the ethics helpline.
Michael Goodwin QC
Allison Clare QC
As an approved advocacy and Ethics trainer for Middle Temple, Valerie plays a key role encouraging students from all backgrounds to join the criminal bar, including being a judge in School mock trial competitions and a Women in Criminal Law mentor. She is currently working on a new Kindness project in collaboration with the CBA and SEC that will look at encouraging kindness in the workplace and in courts.
For more information on Pro Bono Week please see: [Pro Bono Week]