Leigh Day has strong links with Africa. Some of our most interesting, challenging and rewarding cases have been actions against multinational corporations or the British government on behalf of people from east, south and west Africa.
As part of our strong links with the continent, we have made education in Africa one of our charitable priorities which has proved to be both rewarding and highly effective as the amount of money donated in Africa goes much further than in the UK. All the partners feel passionately that education is the key to achieving social justice.
The first project that the firm established, in 2000, was to set up scholarships in conjunction with the Canon Collins Trust and the University of the Western Cape. The scholarships are to enable a number of disadvantaged students to study law in South Africa each year and cover their university fees for the duration of their studies. The scholarships have been a huge success. Many of the students are the first in their families to go to university and all of them have achieved well; one visually impaired student passed all of his exams with a distinction aggregate. A number of our students have featured on the Dean's Merit List.
The Canon Collins Trust merged with the Educational & Legal Assistance Trust in South Africa in August 2012.
Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust annual review 2015.