Pro bono work
Here at Coram our members, from the most junior to the most senior, devote time each year to pro bono work. We are very proud of the fact that an amazing four of the last seven winners of the Family Law Awards have been from Coram. To give a few examples of 2018 pro bono cases in which members have been involved: in the UK Supreme Court in the case of Williams v London Borough of Hackney and in the Court of Appeal in Villiers v Villiers. It is not all so glamourous. Members have also assisted recently with, for example, an imprisoned father seeking to be permitted to write letters to his estranged daughter.
Queen Mary University London: Spite for Schools
We are closely affiliated to and big supporters of the Queen Mary University London project, Spite for Schools. The programme is award winning and focusses on educating school children about the perils of revenge pornography and assisting members of the public who are victims of it. In particular, our members supervise a dozen talks each year, often to schools in disadvantaged areas, by QMUL students on sexual consent, social media and revenue pornography. In addition, Coram barristers volunteer at the QMUL legal advice centre, which offers free legal advice on criminal, civil and family law to those who are subject to revenge pornography.
London Legal Walk
Coram barristers are devoted walkers on the London Legal Walk each spring. Last year, a fantastic 12,000 people completed the 10 km, raising a record-breaking £800,000. All of the money raised is used to support legal advice charities in London and the South East.
These advice agencies do a crucial job in preventing homelessness, improving the living conditions of children in extreme poverty and trying to combat discrimination and injustice.