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Solicitors and social worth in the North East

Insurance lawyers have a new role model in Meg Kirby, the founder of a dynamic charity that provides urgent pro bono advice to terminally ill patients. John van der Luit-Drummond reports

25 September 2017

Many would expect that to win an award for pro bono advice a law firm must be either involved in attention-grabbing, large-scale international litigation (such as Debevoise & Plimpton, which in 2016 helped overturn a Belize law criminalising homosexuality) or act in the continuing pursuit of access to justice in the post-LASPO world (see Hogan Lovells’ representation of nine victims of human trafficking in 2015, helping them obtain over £165,000 in compensation). Yet judges at this year’s Solicitors Journal Awards found one small charity with big aspirations to be the standout pro bono award submission of 2017.

Legacare UK is a dynamic charity based in the North East that helps people facing terminal or life-limiting illnesses by writing wills, drafting lasting powers of attorney, and giving advice on guardianship of children, deputyships, employment matters, debt, insurance claims, ...

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