Law graduates could help plug the widening access to justice gap by representing litigants in person in court proceedings, the new master of the rolls has suggested.
Graduates can be given rights of audience under existing legislation, Sir Terence Etherton pointed out. He said this would be a ‘far better’ way to address the fast-expanding number of LIPs than enabling a proliferation of ‘unregulated, uninsured’ paid McKenzie friends.
Speaking last night at the LawWorks annual Pro Bono Awards, Etherton outlined a three-point plan for an expanded pro bono advice scheme for consideration by government, judiciary and regulators.
‘The starting point would be collaboration between universities, pro bono advice centres and law firms,’ he said.
This would increase the number of law graduates – those who have completed both the academic and vocational stage of qualification but not secured pupillage or training contracts - who would be able to provide legal advice to LIPs.
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