Junior lawyers meet Borneo counterparts

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has teamed up with Raleigh International to develop the first-ever international public service project to be carried out by junior lawyers in the UK.

The 16-day pilot project will take place on 22 October and will see a team of JLD members travel to a remote community in Borneo to build a gravity water-feed system as well as engaging with local lawyers.

Newly elected JLD chair Heidi Sandy, who helped organise the trip, said: “The project will enable junior lawyers to participate in a never-seen-before project, which will not only give them the opportunity to make a difference to a less fortunate local community in Borneo, but will also enable them to reach out to junior lawyers in Borneo and spend time with them discussing the future of the legal profession, but most importantly the crucial issue of the rule of law.”

The JLD will officially roll the project out to all JLD members when the first pilot team returns from the trip in late November.

A JLD spokesman said: “All JLD members will have the opportunity to participate in similar projects and help the JLD make a difference around the world in partnership with Raleigh from 2010.”