Are you surviving or thriving?

Posted by - 12th May 2017

  In Mental Health Awareness Week LawCare chief executive, Elizabeth Rimmer, offers ten tips to build resilience We all have mental health, just like we have physical health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and it can determine how we handle stress, relate to others,

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No state to be in

Children living in this country with no nationality face a barrage of financial and legal obstacles to end their statelessness, say Solange Valdez-Symonds and Steve Valdez-Symonds Emily was born in the UK to parents who were not settled or British citizens. She was not, therefore, born British. The law of her mother’s country of nationality

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Why defence lawyers must speak up for silent clients

Posted by - 28th October 2016

The announcement that lawyers for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam would no longer act for him cast the media’s spotlight on a number of important issues faced by criminal practitioners, particularly those acting in controversial or difficult cases. Abdelsam’s lawyers, Franck Berton and Sven Mary, explained that they had withdrawn because he had chosen to

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Bone-headedness and luck

Posted by - 27th October 2016

Nothing in her previous career as a city lawyer prepared Emily-Anna Gibbs for the long hours and stress of working in legal aid. Here, she explains how and why she made the switch. (Pic: Onfokus) Ten years ago, I was working as a newly-qualified solicitor at the international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. My colleagues in London

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The law of the jungle

Posted by - 21st October 2016

More tales from the housing duty desk, by Sue James. The migrant camp at Calais is nicknamed the jungle. But that’s not what I saw. Read other articles in the series here Sketch by Lucie and Dilly Boase from Playing cricket with the Afghans on the Justice Gap What I found on a recent visit were

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How to stop your social media strategy going up in smoke

Posted by - 21st October 2016

With bonfire night around the corner, it seems a good time to look at how social media has caused fireworks in the legal profession over the last few years and how some firms have had their fingers burnt. (Image from Flickr under creative comms by Shawn Campbell)   I’ve worked with many and varied organisations, advising

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Would you really take human rights advice from G4S?

Posted by - 7th October 2016

The past few years have seen the landscape of free advice become sparser, with public and other funding cuts forcing many services to shrink or close entirely. We alone have lost 11 Law Centres in the wake of civil legal aid cuts. Against this background, it is all the more important that remaining services work

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Abused in the name of the state?

Posted by - 5th October 2016

As the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry considers its findings, Christopher Stanley describes the political backdrop to the shocking allegations. As the credibility of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) continues to be questioned by survivors, suspects and the media, in the North of Ireland an inquiry into similar allegations has finished taking

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