Underfunded and overstretched: the lawyers seeking justice for Grenfell – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2017 in bereavement, fire, housing, law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work, victims by sally

‘North Kensington Law Centre was the first in the UK to offer access to justice for the poor and vulnerable. Now fighting for financial survival, the tragedy on its doorstep has meant NKLC’s services are more in demand than ever.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2017

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Charity issues guidance on publication of judgments about family matters – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 11th, 2017 in family courts, judgments, law centres, news by sally

‘The Transparency Project has published a new guide designed to help parties in the family justice system “navigate the complicated issue of publishing judgments about private family matters”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th July 2017

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McKenzie Friend Marketplace to ban “active” students from giving legal advice in wake of criticism – Legal Futures

‘The McKenzie Friend Marketplace (MFM), which hopes to help hundreds of law students find paid work offering legal services, has responded to criticism from practitioners by announcing that it will ban active students from providing legal advice – although they will be able to give clients other types of support.’

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Legal Futures, 28th March 2017

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Benefit claimants twice as likely to experience multiple legal problems, according to MoJ study – Legal Voice

Posted March 9th, 2017 in benefits, law centres, legal aid, news, social services, victims by sally

‘People receiving means-tested benefits were twice as likely to experience multiple legal problems as those who did not, according to new research by the Ministry of Justice. It also found that almost one in four black and minority ethnic adults received no help in relation to their legal problems compared with 15% of white adults.’

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Legal Voice, 7th March 2017

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Remember when legal aid was slashed? The awful effects are taking hold – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in citizens advice bureaux, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

‘A new volunteer-run law centre in Manchester is the exception. More commonly, advice services across the country are either closed or struggling’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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At last: MoJ announces timetable for LASPO review – Law society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2017 in housing, law centres, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The government has set the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2017

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Demand for free legal advice spiralling upwards, charity reports – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2016 in families, law centres, law firms, news, pro bono work, reports by sally

‘There is fast-growing growing demand for free legal advice, with family law now the most requested area of law, according to the experience of LawWorks, the solicitors’ national pro bono charity.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2016

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New legal aid ‘advice deserts’ emerge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in housing, law centres, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘Further evidence of the problem of legal aid ‘advice deserts’ has emerged with a new government attempt to plug holes in the provision of housing and debt services.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2016

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High Court challenge over award of helpline contract to G4S fails – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2016 in contracting out, contracts, equality, law centres, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The Law Centres Network (LCN) has lost its bid to prevent G4S being awarded a government contract to run the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2016

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G4S equality helpline contract raises serious concern, high court told – The Guardian

‘Awarding global security firm G4S the contract to run a national discrimination helpline raises “serious and legitimate grounds for concern” and risks undermining the service’s credibility, the high court has been told. A judicial review challenge supported by human rights groups and the Law Centres Network has called on the government to delay transferring operation of the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to G4S.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2016

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Law centres to challenge rights helpline contract – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2016 in equality, human rights, law centres, news, telecommunications, tenders by sally

‘The Law Centres Network has threatened to seek judicial review of the government’s decision to award the contract for operating a discrimination helpline to security contractor G4S.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th September 2016

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Public plead for free legal advice before deciding whether to go to court – Legal Futures

‘Any person thinking about taking their case to court should be able to see a lawyer without cost at least once, according to an opinion poll conducted as part of work on the public perception of justice.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2015

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Pro bono charity reports surge in volunteer lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 12th, 2015 in charities, law centres, news, pro bono work, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Qualified solicitors and barristers made up more than three-quarters of a surge in volunteer lawyers last year, according to pro bono charity LawWorks’ latest annual report.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2015

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Volunteer law project wins 95% of ‘fit for work’ test appeal cases – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, employment, law centres, news, social services by sally

‘Almost all of the 200 “fit for work“ test appeals undertaken by a student volunteer project have been won, providing more evidence of the unreliability of the government’s controversial work capability assessment (WCA).’
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The Guardian, 2nd September 2015

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Legal aid providers “trying to innovate” but destablised by cuts – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2015 in budgets, case management, law centres, law firms, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

‘More than a third of advice agencies that have so far implemented charging for legal services appear to have done so sustainably, a survey of post-LASPO innovations has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 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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Legal aid cuts means free housing advice slashed despite rise in repossessions – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2014 in housing, law centres, legal aid, news, repossession by sally

‘Legal help for thousands of families facing eviction from their home is being slashed by the Government despite soaring numbers of repossessions, an investigation for The Independent has found.’

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The Independent, 26th November 2014

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Impact of legal aid cuts on the Citizens Advice Bureau – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 17th, 2014 in citizens advice bureaux, law centres, legal aid, news, universities by tracey

‘The cuts in legal aid for professional advice wrought by Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) may be seen to have increased the opportunities – and workload – for volunteers and charities. Indeed, there are reports that the government intends to fill the gap regarding divorce by setting up law centres run by students. However, the cuts, often portrayed as affecting “fat cat” lawyers, can harm charitable and volunteer services as can be seen through the example of Citizens Advice Bureaux up and down the country.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exhchange, 15th July 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Cash-strapped law centres turn clients away as legal aid cuts bite – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2013 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Charitable sector faces dilemma of how to continue helping vulnerable people as funding for many cases dries up.”

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The Guardian, 18th September 2013

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Legal aid cuts: What has changed? – BBC News

“Significant changes to civil legal aid in England and Wales came into effect on 1 April 2013, as part of a plan to reform the system and save £350m a year.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2013

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