Office 365 – cloud based email server

Posted by - 23rd February 2016

What it is: The products are cloud based subscription plans that include – Exchange Online hosted email for business (i.e. a cloud email server) that is compatible with desktop versions of Outlook. – Access to Office applications online What donation or discount is available? The Business Essentials and Non-Profit E1 packages are both offered completely

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Clio Case Management System

Posted by - 23rd February 2016

What it is: A cloud based case management system for legal practices – you can see more about it on their website here. What donation or discount is available? The whole case management package is included. For those charities who meet the criteria below it will be free, for those who aren’t eligible but are a

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Salesforce – free CRM / Cloud Based Database

Posted by - 23rd February 2016

What it is: A cloud based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. Salesforce is an out of the box product that you then customise to keep track of contacts, supporters, funders, fundraising, finances – anything really! It is an easy to use front face for essentially a lot of spreadsheets (and any data that is in

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Skilled Volunteers

Posted by - 23rd February 2016

Media Professionals – help with PR, marketing, Film, Social Media, Branding or Design  The Media Trust offer two different ways to access their hundreds of skilled media volunteers: an online Media Matching service to place requests for help running networking opportunities called Speedmatching giving you the chance to meet face to face and gain on

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LLST Stationery Buying Group

Posted by - 23rd February 2016

What it is: A buying group for office supplies to help advice organisations minimise their costs. There is a core list of 127 items that are the most commonly bought items between the 50+ organisations that are part of the group. These offer the most competitive prices and have been negotiated on specifically (and are reviewed with the potential of

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2014 mental health contract tender

Posted by - 16th January 2014

The MOJ have announced that tenders for civil contracts to deliver mental health advice and representation from August 2014 will open in February 2014. Representation for clients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) is protected by statute under the Access to Justice Act. I discussed access to legal representation for people detained in

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QASA approved over concerns about advocacy standards

Posted by - 30th July 2013

The controversial new quality assurance scheme for advocates has been approved by the Legal Services Board as a result of ‘real risk’ over advocacy skills. The super-regulator cleared a joint application by the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards to ‘alter their regulatory arrangements’ to allow the

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‘Justice is not a commodity. We are not selling widgets’

Posted by - 13th June 2013

JUSTICE COMMITTEE REPORT: Speaking before the justice select committee, legal aid lawyer and Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff was given in the MP’s words ‘an opportunity to kill the myth of the fat cat lawyer’, reports Jon Robins. ‘The average salary of a legal aid lawyer is £25,000,’ she began; adding that the average salary

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What was that we signed?

Posted by - 28th March 2013

The 2013 Standard Contract applies to new legal aid Debt, Housing, Family and Immigration and Asylum contracts starting on 1 April 2013, writes Vicky Ling. Many practitioners have understandably been concentrating on getting up to speed with the scope cuts imposed by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, and have been

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Pay as you go… the future of legal services?

Posted by - 22nd March 2013

Speaking at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference last Thursday, the Society’s President, Lucy Scott Moncrieff told attendees ‘the reality is that for many clients who are losing legal aid, buying a full casework service is unaffordable’. Firms should therefore investigate options to ‘unbundle’ work by offering a pay-as-you-go service to clients for advice on

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