This could be done via face-to-face one-off appointments, drop-in clinics, telephone advice lines or through a web-interface, it said in its submission, which contains a five-point plan on how to make legal services affordable in a time of legal aid cuts and the Jackson reforms.
While emphasising that pro bono work cannot fill the gap left by legal aid cuts, and calling for some of the cuts to be reversed, the society said: “This model would enable people who can’t afford, or think they can’t afford, a lawyer to receive initial advice about their legal problem.
“It would enable them to make an informed decision about whether they can solve their problem without legal support or whether they require expert legal advice. This might also allow people to determine the likely cost and ‘affordability’ of further legal advice they might seek.”
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