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Newcastle to London: A pro bono odyssey

Jess Campbell relives her gruelling 420-mile cycle ride to raise much-needed funds for the celebrated Bar Pro Bono Unit

19 October 2016

In 2016 the Bar Pro Bono Unit celebrates its 20th anniversary. Since its creation, the unit has grown its provision by offering access to the Bar for those most in need of legal help. In the years following LASPO the unit took measures to manage the increased demand. However, it cannot and should not be expected to meet the demand that the removal of legal aid has created. Nevertheless, we do what we can to help.

Our anniversary posed the perfect opportunity to take stock of the achievements of advice organisations and lawyers in England and Wales and how we collaborate to support litigants in person. So it was with naïve enthusiasm that I agreed to cycle the length of the country, stopping i...

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