I work as a Family Solicitor with Simpson Millar. I have provided pro-bono advice for a number of years and I believe that pro-bono work is a lifeline for vulnerable people who cannot afford to pay for legal advice. Pro-bono advice is particularly crucial since significant cuts were made to Legal Aid funding for family matters and I have seen the resulting increase in demand for initial legal advice.
I find that the advice sessions present me with a diverse range of clients with issues ranging from domestic violence, child arrangement issues, divorce and financial remedy concerns and the sessions always keep me on my toes. Providing clients who are under high levels of stress and anxiety with proactive steps to resolve their issues is rewarding both on a personal and professional level.
The Law Centre has impressed me with their professionalism and organisational skills which helps sessions to run efficiently and with minimal additional stress for both myself and the clients. The Law Centre’s Virtual Law Clinic also means that I am even able to assist people who are unable to attend the Law Centre in person so that even the most vulnerable people who cannot afford to, or who are not physically able to, travel can still receive the legal advice they need.