The Great Legal Bake 2017


The Great Legal Bake is an event which brings together the local legal and advice communities to celebrate the work of the entire profession in enabling access to justice for all.

The Great Legal Bake is a way of promoting the work of charities which offer free legal advice and support to vulnerable people otherwise denied access to the legal system and the legal profession, whose support of the sector is vital.

Teams for local firms, chambers, advice agencies, law schools and courts come together to bake and raise money for the South West Legal Support Trust  to support the provision of free legal advice in the South West of England.


Why should we bake?

Advice charities support some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society; enabling them to understand their legal issues, access their rights and giving them the ability to regain control of their lives.

The legal profession has directly witnessed the effect of the recession on our clients; increased poverty and the consequential need for free legal advice services has clashed with the reduction in funding for both the profession and legal support services.

The SWLST raises money directly from the legal profession and grants solely to organisations which provide the free legal advice services which are so desperately needed and, in many cases, relied upon.

Our work can’t overcome the effects of the continued funding cuts but we can continue to ensure that as many of the people most in need get the help they need but would otherwise have been unable to access. Following the recession, many working families’ household incomes have decreased, making paid- for legal advice unattainable. As the number of people desperately in need of free legal help rises, funding for free advice services is being continuously cut.

By fundraising at the Great Legal Bake we can help secure vital funds which make a huge difference to people’s lives, reducing debt, poverty and homelessness, and combating discrimination and injustice.

The South West Legal Support Trust (SWLST) was established to raise money to support the free legal advice sector. We award grants to charities to ensure vulnerable people can access the help and support they need.

With your help we can help secure access to justice.

How to get involved:

Join us for the Great Legal Bake during the week of Monday 20th – Friday 24th February and raise funds which protect access to advice for those who have nowhere else to turn.

  1. Register here. You can see the other organisations who have already signed up here.
  1. We provide all the materials you need to hold a successful bake sale! Check out our website for posters, email footers, bunting and even price labels!
  1. Get baking (and eating!) Our handy top ten tips for a successful bake sale can be found here.

With your support we can continue to ensure that free legal advice services remain available and effective for those who are most in need.

Charity, Fundraising, Legal