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Pro bono: More than a public good

Posted by - 26th May 2017

James Sandbach, director of policy and external affairs at LawWorks, responds to Jon Black’s piece ‘What’s so good about pro bono’ published last week on legal Voice. Sandbach argues that pro bono is not a misnomer or a gimmicky PR stunt, but something the professions should celebrate and promote. Jon is spot on to say

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Manchester lawyers rally to help attack victims

Posted by - 25th May 2017

Manchester lawyers are co-ordinating a pro bono advice rota following Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena. The Manchester Law Society is looking for firms willing to provide pro bono help and free representation to bereaved families to assist with Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and inquests. It is also looking for help in the following areas: administration of estates, property ownership/mortgage, insurance,

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There has never been a better time to commit crime

Posted by - 22nd May 2017

James Parry, a criminal solicitor at Liverpool firm Parry Welch Lacey and chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, asks what has become of the criminal justice system In April those firms of solicitors who secured a contract to provide criminal legal aid allowed themselves a moment to celebrate their success. They were foolish

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Justice system threatened by ‘tsunami’ of sex cases

Posted by - 17th May 2017

Criminal barristers have warned of the consequences of a ‘tsunami’ of sex offence cases clogging up cash-strapped courts and called on the next government to take action and invest in the justice system. The Criminal Bar Association, which represents more than 4,000 criminal barristers, has said that without a significant boost in funding, the justice

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What’s so good about pro bono?

Posted by - 15th May 2017

The Bar Council and Law Society should not be promoting pro bono schemes, but lobbying government for a levy on City firms to fund legal aid, argues Jon Black of BSB solicitors Pro Bono translates as ‘public good’ – a misnomer if ever I saw one. The public could be forgiven for thinking it was an endorsement

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Stressing the positives

Posted by - 9th May 2017

Roy Morgan looks at the different ways pressured practitioners can react to stressful situations ‘Stress can be the spice of life, the exhilaration of challenge and excitement, the high of living with heavy demands on you. Once you make a friend of stress, the forces which once seemed to be working against you become positive

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We know what the problems are. Time to ask about solutions

Posted by - 12th April 2017

With the justice system in a constant state of flux and no reduction in need, research in this area needs to focus on finding out what kinds of services actually deliver justice for clients, says Natalie Byrom. Pic by Wilderdom (from Flickr) Last month, the Ministry of Justice published the findings of its Legal Problem and

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This (young legal aid) Life: Philip Armitage

Posted by - 11th April 2017

I start my day by travelling across north London to see my client, who is on a hospital psychiatric ward. The last time I saw him, he was struggling in the secure unit of a prison and only communicated with me through written notes. Read other articles in The (young legal aid) life series here. This time, we

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