This blog is intended to push back against the stereotyping of legal aid lawyers and their clients within the mainstream media. All too often, recipients of legal aid are demonised as criminals, scroungers and terrorists, whilst legal aid lawyers are considered fat cats making millions by representing the worst in society.
I hope to show the human face of legal aid by profiling case studies submitted by legal aid lawyers and their clients. These case studies tell the stories of clients on whose behalf legal aid lawyers fight every day: the same people you sit next to on the bus and the parents of kids who attend your local school.
I believe that the government is relying on several pernicious stereotypes in order to justify the withdrawal of legal support to vulnerable people. By spreading the word about the work of legal aid lawyers, we can have a better informed debate about how to preserve legal aid within difficult economic times.
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