Public legal education: a quiet revolution in the making

Posted by - 11th November 2016

  The deprivations that persons living in poverty encounter throughout their lives — lack of access to quality education, reduced access to information, limited political voice and social capital — translate into lower levels of legal literacy and awareness of their rights, creating social obstacles to seeking redress. UN Secretary General intro to note to

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My Justice First Fellowship: Caitriona Boland

Posted by - 2nd November 2016

Caitriona Boland, 31, is a Justice First Fellow and apprentice solicitor at Law Centre (NI) in Northern Ireland, which specialises in social security, trafficking, employment, mental health and community care law. Caitriona is undertaking her first seat, in employment, and will qualify in September 2018. You can read interviews with other Justice First Fellows here

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JusticeWatch: Conscious cruelty

Posted by - 28th October 2016

Plugging a hole The Law Society’s Gazette reported that the Legal Aid Agency was now ‘urgently trying to plug a hole’ in the provision of housing and debt advice in Cambridgeshire. ‘The latest invitation is the third the agency has issued in the past seven months, after access issues were identified in Kingston upon Hull and

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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 Abdelsam’s lawyers, Franck Berton and Sven Mary, explained that they had withdrawn because he had chosen to

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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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