A busy first year for Legal Support Project
It is now almost a year since the Law Centre's Legal Support Project (LSP) successfully concluded its first case in the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Since then, the LSP's caseload has grown rapidly.
Since its launch, the LSP has opened over 90 case files, 40 of which have been concluded. In the area of social security, the project continues to concentrate on ESA and DLA appeals. In employment, the focus has been on unfair dismissal and redundancy.
Law Centre member organisations with social security or employment cases in which they are unable to provide representation can contact Sinead Mulhern (Head of the LSP) or Owen McCloskey (Project Worker).
Almost 40 volunteers have taken part in LSP training. 20 to 25 volunteers are active on cases at any one time.
The LSP is still keen to hear from more experienced practitioners prepared to offer some assistance to the project or take on a single employment case pro bono in their practice, on referral from us.
Promoting pro-bono work
On 17 October, the LSP, in partnership with the Public Interest Litigation Support Project, hosted a seminar to highlight the importance of pro bono work in promoting access to justice and outline current opportunities for doing pro-bono legal work in Northern Ireland.
The LSP looks forward to working in close partnership with others in 2013 to promote pro-bono work.