Unlocking the Funds for Justice – Pro Bono Costs – Family Law Week

Posted March 19th, 2015 in costs, legal aid, litigants in person, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Cyrus Larizadeh, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings and Senate House Chambers, explains the costs issues which arise where an advocate, acting pro bono, represents a successful party in care and/or placement proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2015

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Pro bono – what lies ahead in 2015? – The Future of Law

Posted January 8th, 2015 in law centres, law firms, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

‘2015 looks set to be a critical year for the pro bono movement and its uneasy relationship with legal aid. The well-worn pro bono mantra – that pro bono is “an adjunct to and not a replacement for legal aid” – has been challenged in recent years. The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO 2012) effectively scrapped public funding for much of social welfare law advice in April 2013 and the legal profession is finally beginning to rethink the formula. Legal aid lawyers are rightly sceptical about ministers trying to co-opt pro bono – but LASPO 2012 is a game-changer.’

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The Future of Law, 7th January 2015

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Pupils’ lawyers challenge lower threshold for school exclusions – The Guardian

‘Many more children could be expelled from school under new guidance which comes into force this week, according to lawyers who represent pupils at appeal panels.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

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Lawyers and their Regulators: What Next? – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

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Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 24th November 2014

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Speech to the Bar Conference – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

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Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

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The Rule of Law and the Future of the Sector – Attorney General’s Office

‘Attorney General speech to London Law Expos on the UK’s long commitment to the Rule of Law.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th October 2014

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Pro bono costs orders post-LASPO – Legal Voice

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in costs, news, pro bono work by tracey

‘As the legal profession continues to adjust to the austerity-driven reality of life after LASPO, there has been considerable discussion of how to ensure effective access to justice for the people who fall through the ever-widening holes in the safety net of legal aid.’

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Legal Voice, 1st October 2014

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A proud profession – The Bar Council

“Addressing lazy journalism; recognising what really motivates members of the Bar; looking at the pro bono work carried out on all fronts by so many; and the need for wider understanding of this contribution by all, especially the Government.”

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The Bar Council, October 2013

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The Bar in society: A vital force for good – Speech by Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar

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Speech by Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar

Annual Bar Conference, 2nd November 2013

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Legal Education Foundation launches with grants to promote pro bono, education and social mobility – Legal Futures

Posted July 11th, 2013 in charities, equality, legal education, news, pro bono work by sally

“The charity created following the sale of the College of Law last year has today announced its first grants, with access to justice, the profession and education the focus.”

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Legal Futures, 10th July 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Do your bit for legal fairness – The Lawyer

Posted April 9th, 2013 in costs, law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“As legal aid declines, there are a number of different ways lawyers can help to fill the gap.”

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The Lawyer, 8th April 2013

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Student solicitors step into the breach – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2013 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work, universities, volunteers by sally

“Following dramatic cuts to legal aid, universities are seeing increased demand for their free law clinics.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2013

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Legal aid cuts: why law students are coming to the rescue – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2013 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work, universities, volunteers by sally

“We get the chance to work with real clients, and they get our help for free, says a volunteer.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2013

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Bar survey – barristers set leading CSR example – The Bar Council

Posted February 28th, 2013 in barristers, news, pro bono work by sally

“A survey conducted by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found nearly half the profession (42.4%), across all practice areas, regularly carry out voluntary legal pro bono work, in addition to paid work. It also found that 36.6% of the Bar regularly volunteer for non-legal charitable organisations.”

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The Bar Council, 27th February 2013

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Pro bono and access to justice: mind the gap – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2013 in legal aid, legal education, news, pro bono work by tracey

“Should the UK follow New York’s lead and create a compulsory pro bono scheme to fill the legal aid gap?”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2013

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Pro bono: do we need to rethink the formula post legal aid? – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2012 in law firms, legal profession, news, pro bono work by sally

“A survey shows that most law firms have not planned to change their pro bono activity to respond to the cuts in legal aid.”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2012

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Pro bono – minding the gap – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 25th, 2012 in law firms, news, pro bono work by sally

“The tough economic climate, coupled with the threat to frontline advice agencies from local authority and legal aid cuts, has dramatically increased demand for free legal help. National Pro Bono Week, which starts on 5 November, will focus attention on the question ‘is something better than nothing?’ as law firms of all sizes explore how they can best respond, and in-house counsel press for regulatory change so they can offer more pro bono support.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2012

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Lawyers condemn budget’s £20m legal funding gesture – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 21st, 2012 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“Chancellor George Osborne today promised £20m a year in new funding for the not-for-profit advice sector over the next two years. The sum was immediately and widely condemned as being not enough to replace shortfalls left by spending cuts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st March 2012

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Reviews, Recession and the Rise of pro bono advocacy – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted February 9th, 2012 in barristers, news, pro bono work by sally

“Shereener Browne, winner of the 2010 Sidney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono award addressed Lincoln’s Inn Hall on the growing importance of Pro Bono work.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 8th February 2012

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Law Society outlines initiatives to reinforce access to justice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 2nd, 2012 in legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“The Law Society vice-president has outlined initiatives to bolster access to justice following the government’s proposed legal aid reforms – but stressed that Chancery Lane has not given up its opposition to the cuts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd February 2012

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