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LawWorks Scotland claims "encouraging progress" in first year
LawWorks Scotland has made "encouraging progress" in its first year of operations, according to a bulletin issued by the charity to mark its first anniversary.
Since March 2011 LawWorks, which aims to co-ordinate pro bono provision of legal help around the country, has launched its first weekly legal clinics through the Haddington and Musselburgh citizens advice bureaux (CAB), which was officially opened in September by Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. It recently started legal clinics through the Parkhead CAB in Glasgow, and also has active connections with university legal clinics.
LawWorks believes it now has a working model for the clinics, and plans are underway to set up other new clinics in Glasgow and the west of Scotland as well as widen its product delivery.
The advice takes the form of a diagnostic interview, where volunteer lawyers, from trainees to senior partners, help clinic clients identify what sort of legal problem they have and what their next steps should be to seek to resolve it.
Cairman Ian Moffett said: "Progress with any new initiative is never as quick as you would like it to be, but while there have been a few frustrations along the way, we have made encouraging progress."
LawWorks continues to encourage more law firms to get involved, and is also seeking funding and further support to enable it to continue building up its clinic services.