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

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By Thomas Connelly on

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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