BLS Statement on Ukraine inc. local legal fundraising initiatives
Bristol Law Society endorses the words of I. Stephanie Boyce, President of The Law Society and we too, “stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian National Bar Association and the Ukrainian Bar Association. We also stand with the people of the world, who oppose the Russian government’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, in particular, the Russian people and lawyers who are defending the rule of law in the region.
We condemn the actions of the Russian Federation, which are in contravention of international law. There is no doubt that these actions are a direct threat to the rule of law.”
We extend our sympathies to all those affected by this humanitarian tragedy.
We remind any of our members affected by this crisis that they can seek support from LawCare, which offers free, confidential, emotional support to anyone working in the law.
Anyone who is looking to help refugees affected by this crisis, can donate via The Disasters Emergency Committee or the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain:
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)
Local members are also undertaking fundraising efforts and if you would like to share any of your initiatives with us, we will post them below.
St John's Chambers
Over the next 3-weeks members and staff of St John’s Chambers will be walking, running and cycling the equivalent distance of our Bristol office to Mariinskyi Palace (the official residence of the Ukrainian President) in the centre of Kyiv. In total, the team will cover 2303.4km or 1431.26 miles as the crow flies to raise vital funds for Ukraine. We aim to average at least 478 miles a week to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Appeal – setting ourselves a target of £5,000, which we hope to beat! Read more here.
If you would like to sponsor our team, here is a link to our fundraising page:www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sjcraisevitalfundsforukraine