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Report: unmet legal need puts heat on MPs’ surgeries

Constituents are increasingly seeing legal advice at MPs’ surgeries, while more than a third of legal problems involve housing and almost a quarter immigration, according to an assessment of unmet legal need in London. MPs across the political spectrum had become aware of rising legal need, it found.

April 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

In-house lawyers “bashed up” by Gove must consider compulsory pro bono, says head of GC 100

In-house lawyers, “bashed up” by justice secretary Michael Gove over the issue of pro bono, should have an “open debate” about making it compulsory, the chair of the GC100 Group has said. He was speaking during a panel debate to mark the start of National Pro Bono Week.

November 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Think tank calls for compulsory pro bono and oaths for newly-qualified lawyers

An influential think tank has called for the introduction of compulsory pro bono for lawyers, set at 10% of their “work output”. It said that for many lawyers, the law had become “no more than a revenue-generating business”.

July 14th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

CourtNav set for expansion as it wins innovation award

CourtNav, an online tool designed to help litigants in person fill out court forms, could be offered not only by an advice service based at the High Court but by advice agencies around the country, it has emerged. It won the access to justice through IT award at this week’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

July 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

ABSs “should have to commit to pro bono work” as part of licensing process

The grant of licences to alternative business structures (ABSs) should be contingent on firms agreeing to undertake pro bono work, a Liberal Democrat peer suggested last night.

November 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Foundations of ABS, CFAs and other key legal regimes under microscope of govt red tape exercise

Many of the regulations underpinning the regulatory regime for legal services – including those designating the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Council for Licensed Conveyancers as ABS licensing authorities – are under the microscope as part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge, it has emerged.

June 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

Should prospective lawyers have to do pro bono work to qualify? New York says ‘yes’

Would-be lawyers in New York will have to undertake 50 hours of pro bono work before they can qualify, the profession’s regulator has decided in a landmark move. It comes as 6,000 lawyers walked around London yesterday to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for legal charities.

May 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Government to consider tightening up referral fee ban and regulating third-party funding

The government is to consider tightening up the ban on referral fees in personal injury and also introducing statutory regulation of third-party litigation funding, it confirmed yesterday. It also clarified whether payments can be made for solicitor-to-solicitor referrals under the ban.

February 2nd, 2012 | Comments Off on Government to consider tightening up referral fee ban and regulating third-party funding

Pro bono panel calls for more public legal education and says ABSs may help

It is essential for law firms to offer better public legal education – including getting into schools, according to the Master of the Rolls – while alternative business structures could help pro bono provision, it was claimed at the launch of National Pro Bono Week on Monday.

November 9th, 2011 | No Comments »

Law Society to review pro bono policy in face of legal aid cuts and Legal Services Act

The Law Society is set to examine the future direction of pro bono work in the wake of legal aid cuts, Legal Futures can reveal. It will also look at the role of pro bono in helping distinguish solicitors from post-Legal Services Act competitors and how corporate clients can better understand their legal advisers’ pro bono activity.

May 9th, 2011 | No Comments »