Avon & Bristol Law Centre have been awarded funding from the Legal Education Foundation to investigate the viability of setting up a Virtual Law Centre to serve the wider South West.
People who cannot afford legal advice will be able to receive one off advice from a qualified and experienced lawyer via Skype. Initially the advice will be provided by pro bono solicitors based in Bristol, via the Law Centre.
Ginette Corr, Director at Avon & Bristol Law Centre says “We are working with a range of partners across the South West including North Somerset Citizens Advice to ensure that the service reaches those most in need of support, and will complement and build on existing local work. The numbers of people in the region unable to access legal advice has increased significantly since cuts in legal aid in 2013, and this initiative seeks to address that gap”.
The project will also work in partnership with law firms and local law societies across the region. Mike Gupwell, President of the Association of South Western Law Societies commented “This is a welcome development to maximise the pro bono resource which exists in the region to reach out and help as many people as possible.”
The first phase of the project, due to launch in early 2017, will focus on family and employment law. If you are a family or employment lawyer interested in supporting the project, please contact Ginette Corr at Avon & Bristol Law Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0117 916 7710.