Brian Hegarty (Trustee)
I am delighted to be able to help Forward Assist in whatever way I can and have tried to do so since its inception in 2009. In my professional life as a Criminal Defence lawyer I encounter far too many former service personnel who end up in the Criminal Justice System. All too often former service men and women find it difficult to manage the transition from serviceman to civilian. Many feel abandoned or isolated and can end up with serious personal problems and then involvement with the law. Forward Assist have genuine insight and experience of such difficulties and know how to best help those having problems. Those who struggle to adapt to life after the forces can be helped to overcome their difficulties and become valued and productive members of civilian society with a true sense of their own personal worth. I am a partner of David Gray solicitors and Head of the Crime Department. Over the years we have dealt with many serving and former service personnel and have a former member of the Royal Marines as one of our criminal solicitors.