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Pro bono: Lawyers taking care

The SQE will cause turbulence in the education sphere, but it may also assist the public, writes Denise Farran

24 January 2017

The profession is well aware of the rising number of lawyers taking part in pro bono activity. This was highlighted during National Pro Bono Week last November. Cuts in legal aid, law centres, law firms closing down, and the enduring economic consequences of the 2008 recession have led to a rise in litigants in person. In order to plug the lacuna in professional expertise, the response from the profession is laudable.

Another injection into the pro bono market is coming from universities. Legal education is experiencing an unprecedented reform. The transition from public funding to private funding has been painful for those of us involved in legal education. The recent Solicitors Regulation Authority proposals to amend legal training with the implementation of the solicitors qualification exam will also cause turbulence in the education sphere should they come into fruition. As a result of these events, competiti...

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