Weekly round-up: w/c November 19th

Posted by - 23rd November 2012

Justice Watch: 19 November 2012, compiled by Emma Walker. Quote of the week ‘We urgently need to get a grip on this. So here’s what we’re going to do: reduce the time limit when people can bring cases, charge more for reviews so people think twice about time-wasting, and instead of giving hopeless cases up

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 8)

Posted by - 20th November 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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NfP advice in transition – but what to?

Posted by - 13th November 2012

Late last month the Cabinet Office published its report on its review of not-for-profit advice provision in England (PDF) and on the same day released details of the £65m Advice Services Transition Fund – match-funded and administered by the Big Lottery. The report and fund potentially opens the door to the new thinking about advice

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 7)

Posted by - 1st November 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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A place at the top table for COFAs

Posted by - 18th October 2012

I was at a conference recently where one of the hot topics of discussion was unsurprisingly the compliance officer roles, writes Richard Hill. One of the attendees had an interesting story to share on the methodology that a medium-sized firm had used to nominate a partner for the role of COLP – they had nominated

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LASPO and the domestic violence gateway

Posted by - 15th October 2012

As a solicitor, who set up a firm with two other family lawyers in 2005 primarily to deal with family legal aid cases for the mixed housing area of Shirley in Southampton where we practice, I was very concerned when I heard of the proposed new reforms for family legal aid work, writes Wendy Hewstone.

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 6)

Posted by - 9th October 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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Interested in pro bono, read this…

Posted by - 24th September 2012

The late, great Gore Vidal is famous for saying (amongst other things) ‘Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.’ Human beings have a fascination for statistics, both real and fictional, which is why, I suppose, witticisms such as Vidal’s so

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Renewed anger

Posted by - 20th September 2012

I’ve just returned from a few reinvigorating days at the 500 strong National Community Legal Centres Conference in Adelaide, Australia, where I was a keynote speaker, writes Julie Bishop. It was inspiring to see how much can be achieved in a stable policy and funding environment like Australia  where energy and resources are not wasted

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Implementing change

Posted by - 4th September 2012

In the last few years the firm that I work for (Redmans Solicitors)  has engaged in a radical restructuring of the way it works and markets itself. In this series of posts I’ll write about our experience (both good and bad) and give some pointers on what I think small to medium-sized firms should be

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