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Law Society will launch panel of lawyers to help London Bridge terror victims

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News follows outpouring of pro bono support in Manchester

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The Law Society will be setting up a panel of lawyers to help the victims of the London Bridge terror atrocity.

At around 10pm on Saturday night, three men used knives and a vehicle to kill seven people and injured many more in the London Bridge/Borough Market area. The first victim has been named as Chrissy Archibald, whose family has since released this incredibly touching statement:

Clearly moved by the atrocity and keen to help in anyway it can, the Chancery Lane-based society has said it’s setting up a rota of lawyers to help those injured and the families of those killed. It will be teaming up with the City of London Law Society and pro bono charity LawWorks to do so. Law Society president Robert Bourns said:

Those affected by this terrible attack will be dealing with enormous personal distress – physical, emotional or otherwise. That will be exacerbated by unforeseen and sometimes complex legal issues caused by this event. We hope free legal advice will assist victims of last Saturday’s attack in London to deal with any distressing practical issues that arise and relieve just a little of the worry.

Lawyers willing to act for clients on a pro bono basis should email the Law Society.

This follows a successful pro bono appeal courtesy of Manchester Law Society.

In the days following the Manchester Arena bombing — in which 22 people lost their lives — the society issued a rallying call to those willing to give free legal advice to the victims. A statement published on the society’s website specified:

[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.

Manchester Law Society has now confirmed it’s received hundreds of applications from lawyers willing to help out, including solicitors from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance, Berwin Leighton Paisner, DWF, Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and Irwin Mitchell.

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9 Comments

Helen

Why don’t we come up with a legal solution to actually stop these bloody attacks in the first place?

Legislate to deport dual nationals linked to terror groups and revoke their citizenship. Dump anyone with extremist links in jail indefinitely. Scrap the stupid Human Rights Act. Then we might get somewhere.

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Anonymous

Because more resources and police time seems to be allocated to investigating and prosecuting people for writing mean things about a certain ‘oppressed’ group of people on twitter, than actually tackling real problems this country has with integration of certain individuals.

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Anonymous

Helen, please contact your local MP to discuss.

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Homeless Child

There are more homeless kids on the street that need assistance than a few people with stab wounds.

Kids lives matter, even homeless kids.

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The Stabbed Homeless Children Fund

Imagine a homeless child that gets stabbed. That is where we really need to channel the money to.

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Homeless Child

You see how people don’t care about homeless kids until something bad happens to them. It is illegal for children to be homeless.
This is why I know, this is not a legal site.

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Latvka Da Blitz

Hey Doc. Check this out.

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A. Lawyer

Homeless kids can take their local authority to judicial review for failing to accommodate them and LA is still available last I heard, so their lawyers actually get paid.

And then bad things don’t happen to these kids, because they have somewhere safe to live.

Not many lawyers do that work though, because they are scared and prefer the safety of filling in criminal injury compensation application forms for no money.
So they can tell their mates they helped a terrorist victim pro bono

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Homeless Child

Yet there are still 120,000 homeless kids, that no one cares about.

Why do people not care about me?

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