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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Pro bono cannot plug the gap left by legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2011 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“Without decrying the achievements of voluntary legal work, let’s keep a sense of proportion.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Incoming Bar Chairman: Invest in the Future – The Bar Council

Posted December 6th, 2011 in barristers, legal aid, news, pro bono work, speeches by sally

“In his inaugural address this evening to the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, Michael Todd QC, who becomes Chairman of the Bar on 1 January 2012, called on the Government and the Bar to invest in the future.”

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The Bar Council, 5th December 2011

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Legal profession braces itself for a surge in DIY lawyers after funding cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2011 in law firms, legal aid, litigants in person, news, pro bono work by tracey

“Legal aid cuts will leave more people representing themselves, but may also make City firms pull their weight with pro bono work.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2011

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Legal aid cuts ‘will undermine pro bono work’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2011 in legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“Proposed cuts to legal aid threaten to undermine a decade of pro bono work, the legal profession has warned at the start of the tenth national pro bono week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th November 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

An accessible community legal clinic with a lot on its plate – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“A pro bono clinic is helping clients who have never sought legal advice before – and cuts to legal aid will mean more work still.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2011

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Lawyers unaware of pro bono costs orders, charity warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 10th, 2011 in costs, news, pro bono work by sally

“Legal charities are missing out on funding because the majority of lawyers are unaware of the existence of ‘pro bono costs’ orders, research has suggested.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Profession helps law schools to step up pro bono advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 11th, 2011 in legal education, news, pro bono work by sally

“The number of law schools offering pro bono legal advice has risen significantly thanks to a boost in support from solicitors, a report published this week has found.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The National Pro Bono Centre Question Time Debate – The Bar Council

Posted February 21st, 2011 in barristers, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“Following on from the 2010 LawWorks event “Legal Aid after the Election”, the National Pro Bono Centre is delighted to give notice of the second Legal Aid Question Time. Panel members will include key representatives from the main political parties and from the representative professional bodies. The audience will include lawyers from all practice areas, members of the advice sector and other key legal aid stakeholders.”

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The Bar Council, 21st February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts could make pro bono work a social duty for law firms – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2010 in law firms, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“Is it a good idea to rely on organisations whose priority is making money to provide legal advice for those who can’t afford it?”

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The Guardian, 19th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pro bono – what does the future hold? – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2010 in news, pro bono work by sally

“Lawyers must consider whether their voluntary work should be about securing access to justice for those failed by a shrinking legal aid system.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2010

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Bar Pro Bono Award 2010 – nominations now invited – The Bar Council

Posted August 26th, 2010 in news, pro bono work by sally

“Pro bono has never been more important or more appreciated than in current times.
The selflessness shown by individuals who give up their time for free to assist others in need deserves recognition.”

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The Bar Council, 24th August 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Time to debate how we can sustain access to justice for the poor – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2010 in legal aid, legal services, news, pro bono work by sally

“Securing legal advice for all in a time of austerity puts a responsibility on everyone in the profession.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney General Welcomes Pro Bono Progress – Attorney General’s Office

Posted April 22nd, 2010 in attorney general, news, pro bono work, speeches by sally

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, has outlined and celebrated significant recent progress in the support and coordination of Pro Bono work by the UK Domestic and International Pro Bono Committees.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 31st March 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Bar Charities Launch Friends in Law Scheme – The Bar Council

Posted November 12th, 2009 in news, pro bono work by sally

“The Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit are today launching a new scheme which will see sets of chambers encouraged to contribute to the Pro Bono work which is co-ordinated by the Units. The scheme, called ‘Friends in Law’, has generated significant support with eight leading sets of chambers already members.”

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The Bar Council, 11th November 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk