2London Advice Watch
Legal Action Group
Legal Action Group (LAG) promotes access to justice as a fundamentaldemocratic right. We are a national charity which is independent of theproviders and funders of legal services. We seek to represent the interests of the public, particularly the vulnerable and socially excluded, in improvinglegal services, the law and the administration of justice. LAG undertakespolicy research on access to justice issues, particularly the funding, qualityand availability of legal services for the public.Through our programme of publications and training for lawyers andadvisers we seek to increase the quality and availability of legal advice. LAGis self-financing, as our publishing and educational activities provide most of our income. LAG is grateful to the Trust for London for its support for thisresearch project.
Trust for London
Trust for London is the largest independent charitable foundation fundingwork which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. It supports workthat provides greater insights into the root causes of London’s socialproblems and how they can be overcome; activities which help peopleimprove their lives; and work that empowers Londoners to influence andchange policy, practice and public attitudes.Annually it provides over £7m in grants and at any one point is supportingsome 400 voluntary and community organisations. Established in 1891, itwas formerly known as City Parochial Foundation.
Fiona Bawdon is a freelance journalist specialising in writing about civil andcriminal justice. E-mail: www.fionabawdonn.com.Steve Hynes is director of Legal Action Group.
Special thanks to Murbin Haq, Director of Policy and Grants at Trust for London,for his assistance.
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