Hewitsons’ Managing Partner Colin Jones and the firm’s Head of Litigation and Under Sheriff of Northamptonshire Dominic Hopkins stepped out with High Court Judges, Circuit Judges and staff and students of Northampton University in support of the Midland Legal Support Trust (MLST) on the first Legal Walk arranged for Northampton.
The Legal Walk aims to raise money for the MLST which is a charity that supports agencies providing advice, casework and representation for those who do not have the means to pay for such legal services.
Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court said: “The need for access to justice through free legal advice centres has grown considerably during the recession while the availability of legal aid has reduced. The need for fundraising through Legal Walks has never been greater”.
The Northampton Walk was the brainchild of the Mr Justice Haddon Cave, the Presiding High Court Judge in the Midlands. The Judge was joined by Mr Justice Keehan (who has been sitting at Northampton), local judges His Honour Judge Smith and Her Honour Judge Tayton QC and the Hewitsons partners and members of the Trust on a 10km walk from the Northampton Courts. The Walk had a Magna Carta theme and ended with a reception at the University of Northampton who provided welcome refreshments for the party.
Hewitsons Partner Dominic Hopkins commented: “In the 800th anniversary year for the Great Charter, it is timely to reflect on the fundamental importance of the principle of access to justice for all. At our international association conference in London this weekend, we were able to offer lawyers from around the globe the opportunity to see the magnificent 'Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy' exhibition at the British Library and show off one of this country’s greatest exports. In joining the MLST Legal Walk we have been able to highlight in a small way that the legacy of the Charter is not just for others, but remains very important to the UK”.
Hopkins added: “It was also good to be able to recognise Northampton’s historic link to Magna Carta. It should not be forgotten that the castle at Northampton was the place of King John’s Court and his Treasury at the beginning of the 13th Century. The Castle and town had a historic role to play in the Magna Carta events as they unfolded those many centuries ago”.
The money raised by Hewitsons will go to the MLST (Charity Number 1128045).
For more information about the Midland Legal Support Trust, please click here.