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Public legal education isn’t just for ordinary people, it could be good for law firms too

14 August 2017

If the last Cameron government was marred by drastic cuts to legal aid with no plan to provide alternative access to justice, Theresa May’s could turn out to be the one that comes up with the outline of a solution.

There are questions still. About how the £1bn ear-marked for improvements to the courts service will actually be used. A large chunk of it will go towards the online court project. And court closures are continuing apace. But the solicitor general’s public legal education initiative (PLE) could be a turning point in the debate about access to justice. What’s more, lawyers could benefit too.

A month ago, Robert Buckland QC MP set up a new PLE panel. Compared with the online court project, it’s a paltry initiative. In austerity Britain, the panel has no budget and it won’t be distributing any cash. Instead, it will bring together ...

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