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Advicenow Website

www.advicenow.org.uk

The primary website that draws together all the best information and guidance, including:
  • The RCJ Advice Bureau series of “Going to Court” guides.
  • The Advicenow leaflet “Seven Steps to Solving a Problem”.

The National Pro Bono Centre

The National Pro Bono Centre houses the profession’s national clearing houses for legal pro bono work delivered in England and Wales: the Bar Pro Bono Unit, LawWorks (the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group) and the CILEx Pro Bono Trust (CILEx PBT). The Centre is designed to be a “hub” for pro bono charities in the sector and will support the wide range of pro bono projects and brokerage which the charities support, helping individuals and community groups all over England and Wales. Three other charities have joined the Centre: The Access to Justice Foundation, the London Legal Support Trust and i-ProBono. The new offices provide a central resource for people seeking pro bono legal advice and representation, making it easier for people in need to seek and receive help.

The National Pro Bono Centre
48 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1JF

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CILEx Pro Bono Trust (CILEx PBT)

CILEx Pro Bono Trust is an independent registered charity set up with the support of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). The key goal of the CILEx Pro Bono Trust is to work in partnership with other facilitators and providers of pro bono legal services in order to raise awareness and support the pro bono work of CILEx and other lawyers.

E: http://www.cilex.org.uk/about_cilex/pro_bono.aspx

Civil Justice Council

A CJC working party has looked at how access to justice can be improved for self-represented litigants who either choose not to have or cannot afford legal representation. Its report sets out a range of short and longer term practical recommendations aimed at addressing the problems faced by unrepresented litigants to help them resolve their disputes.

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary/advisory-bodies/cjc/self-represented-litigants

The CJC Report included draft guidance at appendices 1-6 which they have encouraged people to trial. These include guides for court staff and legal professionals on SRLs, a guide for the SRL and what they can expect, and a McKenzie friend code of conduct.

The Law Society

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors on “Litigants in person”, dated 19 April 2012.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/advice/practice-notes/litigants-in-person/

Access to Justice Foundation

www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk/

They aim to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in society. They do this by raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford it.

The Foundation receives pro bono costs awarded in cases where the lawyers for the winning party were acting for free; and unclaimed client account balances from law firms. They then distribute those funds to Legal Support Trusts, to national pro bono organisations, and to strategic projects. The Legal Support Trusts in turn distribute funds to local advice agencies and law centres.

Midlands Legal Support Trust

http://www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk/regional-trusts/midland/

The Midland Legal Support Trust has been established to give financial and other support to charities and advice agencies in the Midlands that provide free legal advice. The aim of the Trust is to enhance the availability of access to these services in the Midlands by raising funds, principally through an annual 10k legal walk.

Civil Legal Advice - Legal Aid

» Legal Aid

Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.

» Civil Legal Advice (CLA)

You might be able to get free and confidential advice from Civil Legal Advice (CLA) as part of legal aid.
You can get help from CLA for problems including:
  • debt, if your home is at risk
  • housing, eg if you’re homeless or at risk of being evicted
  • domestic abuse
  • family issues, eg family mediation or if your child’s being taken into care
  • special education needs
  • discrimination
Telephone: 0345 345 4 345
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 12:30pm