Our Sarah Colley attended University College London [UCL] on 12th December 2018 following an invitation from the Access to Justice Student Pro Bono Committee to be a guest speaker for a panel discussion. The topic of the discussion was How the Law protects the most vulnerable: Legal aid for children and victims of domestic violence.

The event was attended by UCL Law Students and Sarah was joined on the panel by barristers Shiva Ancliffe from Coram Chambers, and Amean Elgadhy from One Pump Court.

The topics of discussion were: -

  • What are some of the challenges you face practising in this area of family law?
  • What are some of the most striking cases that you have worked on?
  • What are your views on legal aid in the family law context?
  • Is there adequate legal representation for children and victims of domestic violence? If not, how can this be addressed and what can law students do to help?
  • How have legal aid cuts affected children and victims of domestic violence in need of legal aid?

Sarah, and Wilsons Solicitors LLP as a whole, are very passionate about legally aided work and trying to ensure that the most vulnerable people in society have access to justice wherever possible. The profession is greatly assisted by the pro bono work provided by students and are hopeful that there are many budding legal aid lawyers amongst them.

About the event, Sarah states, ‘It was a great honour and privilege to be invited to talk to the students at UCL and I hope that some of them were inspired, despite being made aware of the challenges we in the profession do face, to become part of the next generation of legal aid lawyers.’

If you have a family law case you need assistance with, please contact Mavis on 020 8885 7986 to arrange for an appointment with a solicitor in the family team.

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