After managing to get myself into a bit of a worry regarding paying my fees for the GDL, decided to write to all the local lawyers asking if they wanted to sponsor me. To date I have received 4 very friendly letters saying that they don't offer such schemes, but wishing me luck nonetheless. Then, a few days ago, I received an email from a large company's HR manager, asking me to call her. I did so, and she basically said that she was really impressed with my CV, and wanted to forward my details to the partners as i was exactly the kind of candidate they are interested in. It could be that rather than just paying my fees they may actually give me a job as well.
Fingers are well and truly crossed!!!