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Benedict Morillo

Benedict Morillo

2020 London Landmarks Half Marathon

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Why am I running this race for Advocate? Firstly, because finals were not kind to my activity level and I need an excuse to exercise again. Secondly, and more importantly, because I firmly believe in the strength of Advocate's cause. They are almost singlehandedly stopping our justice system from imploding.[/p][p]Legal aid is a fundamental requirement for a civilised democracy. What good is it having legal rights if you cannot afford to enforce them? Not everybody will find themselves in court in their lifetime, but similar to the NHS, it is nice to know that legal assistance is there if you need it. [/p][p]However, some estimate that now only 20% of the population meet the financial criteria for legal aid. For many, the fight for justice will mean taking out a second mortgage, pawning precious family heirlooms, or begging relatives and friends for financial assistance. However, raising funds for advice and representation is only the first step. Litigation is risky and might not go the way you hope. As a defendant, you might not be awarded costs to pay off the debt you incurred to defend a claim you never asked to fight; as a claimant, you might not succeed in your claim and could be left homeless if you fall behind with payments on the second mortgage you took out to fund the litigation.[/p][p]What's more, many areas of law aren't even covered by legal aid, spanning such areas as housing, family, immigration, employment, and challenges to welfare benefit payments. The family courts, in particular, have been inundated with unrepresented defendants: 80% of cases involve at least one side being unrepresented. Imagine going through a divorce in which your abusive partner seeks full responsibility for your children. Arguing the case yourself would involve having to wrap your head around the relevant law, identify all of the relevant pieces of evidence and present them in the correct way, overcome the emotional challenges that the whole process would involve, and perhaps it would require you to overcome a crippling fear of public speaking.[/p][p] It is not only difficult to face court alone; it is demeaning and undignified.[/p][p]Access to justice in the UK is in tatters. Whatever happened to clause 40 of Magna Carta? 'To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice'. Those words are inscribed on the doors to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom but they do not fairly reflect the state of legal aid today.[/p][p]Thankfully, there are a few wonderful non-profits that are picking up the state’s slack by providing free advice and representation to litigants.[/p][p]One such organisation is Advocate. Advocate is the official charity of the Bar. It helps match up litigants that cannot afford to pay for representation with volunteer barristers that provide entirely free advice, drafting, and representation in court.[/p][p]I had the privilege of working with this talented team of people for four weeks over Summer and I was able to see first-hand how much of a difference they make. People end up in court at critical junctures in their life. Nobody is there for fun. Perhaps they are there because their child is being taken into care, or because their house is being repossessed. Representation means a fair shot at justice being done, and for our applicants that means everything. Hearing how thankful and elated people were upon being told that we successfully found them a volunteer barrister was the most affirming experience and has only made me more certain that I want to become a barrister. [/p][p]Advocate managed to place 100 pro bono cases with volunteer barristers during my time with them. Your donations will help Advocate expand its operations so that it can better publicise its services and employ more caseworkers so that it can process cases more quickly.[/p][p]Many thanks for your support. It means to world to me and to those whom Advocate helps.[/p]
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Supporters


Apr 11, 2021

Anonymous

Good luck!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Mar 5, 2020

Thomas

Best of luck Benny! Here's to doubling the distance and gaining another blazer.

£10.00


Feb 4, 2020

James

Good job raising £1000 mate!

£30.00


Feb 4, 2020

Anonymous

Good luck dude

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Feb 4, 2020

Lesley

Good luck cousin Benny Love Travis xx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jan 31, 2020

Gran and Granpa

Great cause, good luck, go for it !

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jan 30, 2020

Stuart Jones

Well done and hope this gets you a little nearer your target

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jan 30, 2020

Colin

Great cause. Good luck for your run.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jan 26, 2020

Anonymous

Good luck we’re so proud of you xxxx

£150.00


Jan 26, 2020

The Harris family

What a great cause Benny. Have fun.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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