Running for Leducate by LEDUCATE

As a charity, Leducate is always pleased to support volunteers keen to raise money to support our goal to teach children in schools about the laws around them in everyday life. So, on 20th October, Leducate is proud to share that we will be represented by runner Beth Evington, who will be donning an orange t-shirt at the Amsterdam Marathon. We asked Beth to put together a few words on her preparation for the big day.

I have been a keen runner for many years; for me, it’s a way to relieve stress, keep fit and spend time in nature. I’ve previously organised 10k races and run half-marathons, and decided that the next step would be a full marathon. 

Having been friends with Adam for many years, I was really pleased to go along to Leducate’s launch event in support of him and the team. I was so impressed by the words of Lord Neuberger, who spoke about the widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, and couldn’t help but feel that helping young people to know their legal rights is more important than ever. 

I’m running for Leducate because I respect the team’s commitment to empowering young people to understand the legal system and want to help advance their work to implement a legal curriculum in schools so that as many people as possible have access to legal education. 

I have seen first hand how having an understanding of UK law has helped my friends in difficult situations, including tenancy disputes, interactions with police, and exercising consumer rights, to name a few examples. Unfortunately, many people do not fully understand how the law protects them and are not able to make use of this.

Running a marathon is a real commitment, and it’s not been easy, especially mustering the motivation to run in the heat of summer, when everyone else is in a beer garden! Amsterdam is a great (and very flat) city, and I’ve been training with my auntie who will run along with me, and my sister who is joining us for the half. 

Running in aid of a charity makes things all the more nerve-wracking, but I am so pleased to be running for Leducate; I know I’m raising money for a good cause that empowers young people. Wish me luck! 

We all wish Beth luck in her race. If you’d like to donate to Leducate in support of Beth’s run, please see the link here.

London Legal Walk by LEDUCATE


Walking in a sea of 15,000 lawyers on the London Legal Walk was a surreal experience.  We were walking for a cause, the right to access justice. Many people cannot afford to pay for advice and representation and the London Legal Walk aims to help people overcome the considerable barrier that poses.  The large numbers of lawyers and other supporters who turned out to walk along the embankment, down the Mall, past Buckingham Palace and through Hyde Park to loop back to the Royal Courts of Justice must have presented a strange sight.  As there were far more lay people going about their daily lives, a little perplexed by this odd spectacle on a sunny afternoon.  

Now on this walk as you can imagine, many things popped into my head, from the usual organisational worries to the mundane. Such as thinking towards the end of 10k of walking around London’s hard streets, ‘oh my feet hurt’! Or was our t-shirt logo big enough, did people understand what we do as charity?  I think I can say as 5’ 2’’ and a BIT woman when your upper body is 85% logo, the big logo box was ticked.

However, what struck me most was wondering whether the people we passed going about their daily lives understood why we ‘the lawyers’ and Leducate are doing this. I came to the conclusion that, while for many it would not be their first or even occasional thought, most people understand and would agree that access to legal advice, representation and justice is a basic right. The need for simple justice is self-evident. However, do people understand the legal mist that surround all our lives and quite how legalistic the world is becoming? Do they comprehend the spread of laws, rights and legal obligations in their daily lives?

For example:

A person wakes up in their bed at home

Their bed: do they own it outright or was it bought on credit?  Each comes with different obligations, the bed is subject to implied terms as to fitness and consumer legislation and regulations on it being fire retardant.  Their house: is it rented or mortgaged? In either case there is always the problem of falling into arrears and court proceedings beginning.

After waking this person boils the kettle for a comforting morning cup of coffee or tea.

This kettle is powered by electricity supplied by a utilities provider. You have a contract with that utilities provider. Now due to money troubles, or your landlord not telling you the electricity was your responsibility, you don’t pay the bills. This ends up in court either as bankruptcy proceedings or a small claim.

You drive to work in a financed car 

You can see the trend here but if you miss payments and do not make payment arrangements, your contract is terminated and the finance company takes you to court. You then possibly end up losing your car and it takes you an extra 40 minutes to get to work.  

You are employed under an employment contract

Within your daily duties your feel that you are being harassed, discriminated against or unfairly treated by a colleague or someone in senior management. Do you know you have contractual mechanisms and legal protections to provide remedies in those situations?

After work

You go to the gym, pick your child up from an after-school activity, go to a restaurant or bar with your partner or for a client meeting. There you hurt yourself due to someone else’s negligence and/or recklessness. Even worse, their criminal behaviour.  Either of those could end up going through a legal process.  

At the weekend 

You speak to your sister and she regales you with her current family struggles as she is going through a divorce, her fighting with council about the care of her severely disabled child, or gossips about the old friend from school who is struggling to keep her children from going into care after her struggles with mental health. 

Going to dinner with a few friends 

You end up in heated debated about the council’s recycling systems in your area and why there aren’t stronger laws in place to control the use of plastics and how they can be recycled.

Finally, on Sunday 

You visit your parents. You are starting to worry about your father, who has always organised the family finances. He is losing his faculties slightly and you wonder whether he has the mental capacity to deal with finances.  How do you go about protecting him and the rest of the family?

All these mundane experiences highlight how the law envelopes you in a legal mist. A mist that without legal advice and at times representation, it very hard to see through. Now the London legal walk was not designed to draw attention to these individual issues but to rightly highlight that legal aid is an ever-dwindling resource, threatening access to simple justice. However, we need to start considering this legal mist that surrounds us by starting to educate the public about the tangled legal elements within our lives and how they affect us. Most importantly we at Leducate believe that we need to start educating future generations whilst in school, preparing them for our legalised world and demystifying the legal constructs in our lives. Not least as a means of mitigating the effects of legal aid cuts, but also to allow people to have greater agency in their lives. 

Written by Ceri Blower

Welcome Leducate! by LEDUCATE

On Wednesday 5th June, Leducate had its first opening to the world.

Held in the Sherrard Room in Middle Temple, with a fine selection of drinks and sandwiches kindly provided by Middle, we were fortunate enough be able to welcome the support of over 60 people, all excited to hear more about Leducate.

During the evening we heard from Leducate’s Director, Adam, telling us how Leducate came to be; from the initial idea during his university days through to today, its first official event. Adam discussed the need for an organisation like Leducate, from knowing your rights when shopping on the internet, to knowing how the law supports you in your day to day life.

Ceri told us a little more about how Leducate hopes to fit within our partner schools’ curriculum, how Leducate’s curriculum can support each school, and what PLE is all about.

Lastly, we were very lucky to have our patron, Lord Neuberger, tell us how important legal education is in this modern day and age. In an increasingly complex and unfair world, Lord Neuberger observed that it is more crucial than ever to understand what our rights are. We were humbled to hear Lord Neuberger tell us:

“I don’t think I’m doing them a favour by being here, I think they’re doing me an honour by involving me”

- Lord Neuberger

For those of you who were able to come, it was fantastic see you all there, and for the whole team to meet you all. We loved all the ideas and suggestions you were all able to offer, and we welcome all the support that was offered; we know we will be working with many of you in the future!

For those of you who were unable to attend this time around, we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hopefully seeing you at the next event.

By Kieran Pereira

Tangible Role Models by LEDUCATE

A study at charity ‘Education and Employers’ recently found that teaching teenagers about the working world help push up GCSE results, which makes sense.

Just yesterday a colleague told me how they hoped to one day be a judge, but that the path to get there was so very difficult. They commented that, had they known what they needed to do from a younger age, and how the grades from university and even school impacted their lives, they would be further ahead, and indeed feel much less intimidated.

It is for this reason that we at Leducate believe that it is so important to make education fun, interesting and real. It is so easy to forget young people often do not have the relevant life experiences to fall back on, and we forget how drastic an impact education has on every aspect of our lives.

Leducate’s block ambassador element of our curriculum is specifically designed to give ‘leducatees’ exactly that; an understanding of what they are learning in a real way, not in the abstract. Court visits, talks from professionals and Q&A sessions are just a few of the varied parts of our curriculum.

Learn more about the research read below:

Education and Employers - https://www.educationandemployers.org/research/motivated-to-achieve/

BBC - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48268267

By Kieran Pereira