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Law Society issues vulnerable client guidance

There have been calls for greater support from law firms and other partners

2 July 2015

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The Law Society has published a new practice note aimed at helping solicitors meet the needs of vulnerable clients with mental and physical difficulties.

The guidance aims to help solicitors identify the needs of vulnerable clients at an early stage, and work with third parties and advocates to achieve the best possible legal outcomes for them.

The Society has said that the practice note has been issued in response to calls from law firms and solicitors and other industry bodies such as Mencap, who have asked for support in dealing with and aiding vulnerable clients.

Law Society president, Andrew Caplen, said: 'Vulnerable people face particular obstacles in accessing justice, including getting help from a solicitor.

'We have produced this important guidance to support our members and to help their clients to get the legal advice and tailored support that they need.'

Research conducted by the Law Society at the end of last year showed that nearly two-thirds of law firms (59 per cent) had provided legal services to vulnerable clients in the preceding 12 months.

Those solicitors working with vulnerable clients in that period described one in five (21 per cent) of their clients as vulnerable.

Consequently the guidance also aims to help practitioners working with vulnerable clients to effectively communicate with them.

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