Welfare Benefits: in scope or not?

Posted by - 3rd August 2012

The Legal Services Commission’s contract managers have been conducting informal assessments of files and I have been receiving a number of queries from not-for-profit (NfP) agencies because cases advising on entitlement to benefits appear to be disallowed on a fairly regular basis, writes Vicky Ling. It is clear that the goalposts have moved since the

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Avoiding the gaze of the Information Commissioner

Posted by - 3rd August 2012

This is the first of a short series or articles on data protection and data security, writes Matt Howgate. Well, after a slow start, the Information Commissioner seems to have found his teeth.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has now handed out some pretty hefty fines to companies breaching the Data Protection Act (‘DPA’) through losing

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The art of running a successful fundraiser

Posted by - 27th July 2012

It seems such a good idea to run a fundraising event. Nothing could possibly go wrong could it? Let me just raise a few issues. Risks Making a loss There is a huge risk that it will make a loss. It is very easy to make a loss on a fundraising event.  Although there are

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 5)

Posted by - 27th July 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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Pro bono, innovation and partnership

Posted by - 25th July 2012

1984, Orwell’s disillusioned vision of a dystopian future, famously written in 1948, was actually published in 1949, writes Rebecca Hilsenrath. In the same year, when George VI was on the throne and Clement Atlee was in Downing Street, the first female QCs took silk – oh, and Lord Justice Leveson was born. That was the

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The fight moves on with your help

Posted by - 19th July 2012

‘We have to get the message out, we have to raise the profile of the Access to Justice Foundation (AJF) and ensure we are providing support to the pro bono legal advice sector at this challenging time,’ says Ruth Daniel. In January 2012, the Access to Justice Foundation (AJF) appointed their first full time chief

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IOLTA: Every little helps

Posted by - 17th July 2012

My thanks to the Law Society for kicking off discussions about how the profession can ensure that people on low incomes can get the advice they need after the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) cuts come into force in April. A myriad of ideas is coming forward: the Co-op’s new legal services,

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Advice in a Leafy Suburb

Posted by - 13th July 2012

Almost a year ago, with many areas of London reeling after nights of rioting, the word on many people’s lips – delivered with incredulity – was ‘Ealing? Riots in leafy Ealing? Croydon or Clapham Junction OK, but Ealing?’ Hard to imagine what social problems there might be in the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ to bring

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Regulation, ABSs and NfPs

Posted by - 5th July 2012

Many not-for-profit agencies will have been focusing recently on the tenders for new legal aid contracts, writes Simon Pugh. But in between breathing a sigh of relief at the successful submission of your PQQ and the release of the ITT in September, there is another issue to consider. How will you be regulated in the

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The COLP Report: Tombola time

Posted by - 26th June 2012

  Beware the British summer—the season of storms, gales, flooded caravans, transport chaos, sporting disappointment and, if you’re not careful, one other seasonal surprise.At this time of year, many firms rally their troops with an office summer party. Often held outside, it seemed such a great idea all those dark, wet, cold months ago.  Now

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