Site of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, representing those who work in legal aid practices.
Home page of the Legal Action Group; see also chapter 9.
Home page of the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association; see also Chapter 9.
Home page for the Legal Aid Agency; see also Chapter 4
Introduction to legal aid: see also Chapter 4.

Information about how to apply for exceptional case funding for legal aid.

Home page of the Civil Justice Council.

Legal expenses insurance

Home page of a leading legal expenses insurance company.

ALP has been a leading specialist legal protection insurer in the UK since its inception in 1986, initially providing a wide range of before the event insurance and then expanding into the after the event market in 2000. ALP offers a range of personal and commercial legal protection products through appointed intermediaries as well as through specialist schemes for solicitors and affinity groups.

Site advertising services relating to personal injury litigation. "The site is designed to give ...some information about claiming compensation for injuries in accidents... Our member firms have been specially selected to deal with personal injury cases and in England and Wales they belong to the Law Society Specialist Personal Injury Panel."

Lawyer groups
Site of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers. "FOIL exists to provide a forum for the exchange of information between lawyers acting predominantly or exclusively for insurance clients (except legal expenses insurers) either practising within firms of solicitors, as barristers or as in-house lawyers for insurers or for self-insurers."
Site of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. "APIL is dedicated to improving the service provided to victims of accidents and clinical negligence.”

Website giving information about a grouping of a network of solicitors practices, operating from around 100 different location through England and Wales.

Advice services
The Access to Justice Foundation has been established to receive and distribute additional financial resources that will help get free of charge (pro bono) legal assistance to those who need it most. The Foundation is an initiative of the entire legal profession - solicitors, barristers and legal executives, working with the not for profit and voluntary legal advice sector. It is the prescribed charity under section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Home page of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux; see Chapter 9. Links to online advice on a wide range of legal issues provided by Citizens' Advice.
Home page of the Advice Services Alliance, the umbrella organisation for independent advice services in the UK. "Our aims are to champion the development of high quality information, advice and legal services; ensure that people are not denied access to such services on account of lack of means, discrimination or other disadvantage; encourage co-operation between organisations providing such services; provide a forum for the discussion of issues of common interest or concern to advice organisations."

Very user friendly site prepared by the Advice Services Alliance providing free advice on a wide range of commonly met legal problems.

Rightsnet is the operating name of Lasa Charity UK Limited. Their social welfare law and tech services help thousands of not for profit organisations, people across the public sector, and local and national governments throughout the UK. Established in 1984, they use technology to support the delivery of social welfare law advice and information to disadvantaged communities across the UK. They have provided online advice support since 1998.

Further ideas for costs reform

Papers by Civil Justice Council on new approaches to funding civil litigation.

Site giving links to Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs, the speeches he and other judges have been making on the subject, and his current review of recoverable fixed costs.

New ways of funding legal services

Body set up to crowd fund litigation on a range of public interest matters.

The Association of Litigation Funders (the ALF) is an independent body that has been charged by the Ministry of Justice with delivering self-regulation of litigation funding in England and Wales. Litigation funding is the provision by a third party of finance to a party to litigation or arbitration, which is used to pay for the legal costs of the dispute, in exchange for the funder taking a share of the proceeds in the event of a successful outcome.

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