January 31, 2017
"Although Legal Expenses Insurance is no panacea, it could have a significant role to play."
Barbara Likulunga, Justice First Fellow at Avon and Bristol Law Centre, writes in The Law Society Gazette about the role of legal expenses insurance to fund client cases.
Read the full article here.
January 27, 2017
Foundation funding helping disabled people better prepare for benefit assessments.
seAp Advocacy, an independent charity that provides free independent and confidential advocacy services, is delighted to announce that 100,000 people have used the c-App (www.c-app.org.uk) since its launch in January 2016.
The cutting edge tools at the heart of the web-apps take users through the relevant assessment processes, allowing them to answer the sorts of questions they will be asked in a face-to-face benefit assessment.
The web-apps gives users all of the basic information they need to know about the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) such as; help understanding what PIP/ESA are and how to apply for them, guidance around the assessment process, advice on how to answer the questions in the assessment to accurately portray conditions and information on being clear about a person's rights in the assessment.
Production of the app was made possible by funding from The Legal Education Foundation and Comic Relief's 'Tech for Good' fund.
The full press release can be seen here.
January 26, 2017
Two Pupillage positions and eleven Training Contracts were offered in 2016, the third year of the Fellowship. The selection process finished at the end of last year with the quality of the candidates being such that an additional two Training Contract positions were created.
We'll be posting more details after their introductory seminar in February, when they'll get a chance to meet each other and Fellows from previous years. The new Fellows are:
|Fellow||Host Organisation||Type||First year|
|Anisa Altaf||Birmingham Community Law Centre||Training Contract|
|Naima Asif||Pump Court Chambers||Pupillage||Bar Pro Bono Unit|
|Stephen Cutter||Release||Training Contract|
|Harriet Dudbridge||St. John's Chambers||Pupillage||Bar Pro Bono Unit|
|Jenna Hall||Clan Childlaw||Training Contract|
|Sami Halpern||Islington Law Centre||Training Contract|
|Pamela Lalbachan||South West London Law Centres||Training Contract|
|Alexandria Lowry||Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau||Training Contract|
|Lucy Mansfield||T. A. Law||Training Contract|
|Siobhan Poll||Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit||Training Contract|
|Mariah Simms||Norfolk Community Law Service||Training Contract|
|Alex Temple||Just for Kids Law||Training Contract|
|Brooke Toon||Birmingham Community Law Centre||Training Contract|
|Joseph Vester||The Public Law Project||Training Contract|
We're delighted to welcome them all to the Justice First Fellowship and look forward to helping them develop into the social welfare lawyers of the future.
These new posts bring the number of Fellowships provided over the first three years of the scheme to 33.
January 24, 2017
The Foundation is pleased to publish the latest update to its Digital Technology paper.
Previous updates, along with the original reports, can be found here.
January 19, 2017
The Legal Education Foundation, along with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is supporting Make Our Rights Reality – a major new initiative led by Youth Access to empower young people to use their rights to address social injustice.
James Kenrick, Head of Policy and Development at Youth Access sets out the starting point for the project -
"We know from research that young people possess the lowest levels of 'legal capability' of any age group. As well as giving young people the tools to exercise their rights and responsibilities at critical points in their life, we want to support the youth and legal sectors to focus on rights as a tool for empowering young people – and on youth voice as a powerful tool for social change."
The project will work with three leading Youth Access members - MAP (Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire), No Limits (Southampton and Hampshire) and 42nd Street (Manchester) working in partnership with Young Persons Advisory Service (Liverpool).
For more information visit www.youthaccess.org.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/post/11-the-youth-rights-movement-starts-herea