Manchester lawyers rally to help attack victims

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, welfare benefits, family/child custody, death in service/pension, and financial obligations/debt.

‘It is appreciated that there may come a time when a particular issue, for example a complex contested probate litigation, might need to handled on a non pro bono basis and as such on a conditional fee agreement,’ the law society says. ‘However we do believe that in the early to medium term the approach of member firms should be totally pro bono.’

‘As indicated above a priority area for early advice is likely to be compensation to which the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme may apply.  This aspect is especially appropriate for pro bono help throughout,’ it says. ‘As you will appreciate, since costs are not paid by the scheme, it will be important for bereaved families and injured victims to receive 100% compensation.’

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About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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