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We are starting to create a signposting page with links for finding free legal advice around the UK. If you are aware of any websites we can add to this page please use the comment feature below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A list of international sources for news on access to justice.
James Sandbach looks at the trend in money claims, based on data compiled for the Ministry of Justice by the Registry Trust
An initiative of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, the Index shows the amount of pro bono being done globally by law firms on a country-by-country basis.
The guide was produced for National Pro Bono Week 2016 and sets out sources of help for individuals, sources of help for advisers, sources of help for charities, and how to support pro bono (for lawyers).
Pro bono mini guides have been produced by LawWorks to provide brief introductions to sections of the Manual.The guides include Different Types of Pro Bono, Pro Bono Skills and Useful Organisations, and The Case for Pro Bono and Getting Started. Please scroll to the bottom of the page on the Law Society website to find the links.
Author: Emily MacLoud, Head of Casework, The Bar Pro Bono Unit. This year the Bar Pro Bono Unit is taking our service online. Along with HMCTS, ACAS and other agencies, we have created an accessible digital platform, which we hope will make our application process simpler and quicker for applicants, frontline agencies and volunteering barristers.
Designated Family Judge for Avon, North Somerset and Gloucestershire, HHJ Stephen Wildblood QC has been involved in raising awareness of issues surrounding the Family Courts in a rather unique way: through interactive theatre productions. The first production is taking place on the 6th July 2017 and is to be entitled ‘The State V The Family: Drawing the Line.’
Online calculator from Gov.uk for calculating statutory redundancy pay.
the JUSTICE Annual Human Rights Conference offers a key opportunity to update your legal knowledge and gain valuable insight into the human rights issues of the year. The programme for this year’s event will focus on the challenges facing practitioners and the wider public policy debate on human rights law in the UK. Date: 13/10/2017, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London.
Online calculator from Gov.uk for calculating holiday entitlement.
An issue that often crops up within the access to justice arena is how to effectively signpost and refer clients to other organisations. Many organisations have their own internal systems in place, but these referral systems allow organisations share an electronic referral system with other partners, such as advice agencies or local authorities.
LegalVoice is an online magazine about ‘access to justice’. It is aimed at legal aid law firms, the not-for-profit sector and all organisations providing publicly-funded legal advice in the UK. It was launched in May 2012 anticipating the impact of the LASPO (Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act) cuts.
Milk, Bread & Legal Advice? A fortnightly surgery in Tescos allows visitors to add free legal advice to their shopping list.
Although the much-hyped concept of ‘Tesco Law’ failed to gain much steam, Camilla Choudhury-Khawaja, director of legal consultancy The Women’s Lawyer, has created a different version of supermarket law by offering free legal advice in Tesco Extra, Watford.
(Author: Rebecca Scott, RCJ Advice) RCJ Advice recognises that there is a rising number of litigants in person within legal proceedings. We want to help and support the most vulnerable and those most in need. In order to widen our reach and help more people obtain access to justice, RCJ Advice have established a working relationship with Refuge.
A leader in public legal education, National Justice Museum Education delivers stimulating education programmes in real courtrooms across Nottingham, London and the North West, including at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Rolls Building in London. Based in Nottingham, the National Justice Museum owns the UK’s largest Collection relating to law, justice, crime and punishment. The City of Caves in Nottingham is also a part of the National Justice Museum and explores stories of social justice within the city’s historic sandstone caves.
Trustee Lisa Hilder talks about Affordable Justice, a women’s social enterprise in Hull whose ground-breaking legal service supports women to escape from violent and abusive relationships and allow them to rebuild their lives. Developed as a response to the decrease in availability of Legal Aid over the past few years, the not-for-profit service offers a full range of family law legal services and representation.
(Author: Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications, Law for Life) Advicenow provide hand-selected, quality-checked links to the best information available for people going to a tribunal. It includes resources explaining employment tribunals, special educational needs, and asylum appeals, amongst others. Vitally for LiPs, we triage to partners providing legal advice, practical help, or representation with accurate information about where and how users can access further support.
The Advice Quality Standard - the quality mark for organisations providing advice on social welfare issues.
(Author: Lindsey Poole, Director at Advice Service Alliance) You might have heard people in the voluntary advice sector talk about the 'Advice Quality Standard' or AQS. But what is this thing and what does it tell you about the organisations who hold it?
The Society for Computers and Law, Legal Geek and the Judiciary of England and Wales have joined forces to stage a Hackathon devoted to online courts and digital justice. The idea of the Hackathon is to bring these communities together over a 24-hour period (from noon to noon) and in a friendly and yet competitive spirit, to invite teams to come up with designs, solutions, systems, and technologies for online courts.