Pro bono appeal: Manchester Law Society calls on lawyers to help victims of arena terrorist attack

Twenty-two people killed after suicide bomber targeted Ariana Grande concert

Manchester Law Society has issued a rallying call to the legal profession to help victims of Monday’s abhorrent terrorist attack.

The society is appealing to law firms and lawyers who are willing to give free legal advice and representation to bereaved families and injured people. This will largely be assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claims and inquests. Other areas that may require legal advice include: administration of estates, property ownership/mortgage, insurance, welfare benefits, child custody and financial obligations/debt.

A statement published on the society’s website yesterday afternoon reads:

[A] priority area for early advice is likely to be compensation to which the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme may apply. This aspect is especially appropriate for pro bono help throughout. As you will appreciate, since costs are not paid by the scheme, it will be important for bereaved families and injured victims to receive 100% compensation.

The pro bono appeal comes after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more at a pop concert at Manchester Arena. The gig, starring US singer Ariana Grande, was thrown into chaos on Monday evening when a bomb was detonated in the venue’s foyer.

Lawyers willing to act for clients on a pro bono basis should email their name, firm, area speciality and full contact details to Manchester Law Society’s chief executive Fran Eccles-Bech.

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Alan P

Just a general point that contrary to what I’ve seen on some people’s social media pages this attack had *nothing* to do with Islam or any other religion.

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Victor Moses

Absolutely nothing. If the perpetrator’s beliefs had never of been swayed by religion then of course he would have just done it for another reason since after all, evil people are just evil right? Something to do with the devil maybe. The man may have blamed it on a late Amazon delivery, a bad round of golf or perhaps his kettle broke down that morning.

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Alan P

Exactly. And the only people to blame for this are right-wingers like the EDL and our history of imperialism which provokes otherwise innocent citizens to react like this.

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Anonymous

I’ve got a genuine question for you Alan P. If we should never hold a certain group of people collectively accountable for the daily violence and attacks carried out by a few extremists, why are we so keen on collectively blaming all white people for something a few of their ancestors did two hundred years ago?

I am writing a book you see, and I wanted to understand this issue a bit better. I am sure you can help out.

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Anonymous

I don’t think anyone could reasonably seek to blame someone for something done by their ancestors. That is obviously logically incoherent.

It is not incoherent though to demand that members of a privileged group have that privilege in part because of evil acts committed by those who went before them.

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Anonymous

That’s great, thanks. Can you expand a bit on the privilege bit? Seems quite broad, besides, who’s the arbiter whether one is privileged or not?

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Anonymous

Why does there need to be an arbiter? It’s like saying who’s the arbiter of who is rich or not – clearly there is no universally agreed-upon on threshold at which someone becomes rich, but that doesn’t mean that wealth isn’t a useful concept.

FYI I don’t think that privilege is being used in any technical sense when it’s used by activists. It just means an advantage.

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Anonymous

Just pretend you’re clueless and you bought into the mainstream media’s PC narrative. Keep your anger to yourself and express it at the ballot box.

Remember: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

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Sell out corporate lawyer

Or – now here’s a radical suggestion – fund legal aid properly so that deserving people can access justice effectively.

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